Love and Life

Love and Life

George Frederic Watts RA (1817-1904)


Source: Hare, Watts

Hare's caption: "Love, strong in his immortal youth, leads Life, a slight female figure, along the steep uphill path; with his broad wings he shelters her, that the winds of heaven may not visit her too roughly. Violets spring where Love has trod, and as they ascend to the mountain top the air becomes more and more golden. The implication is that, without the aid of Divine Love, fragile Human Life could not have power to ascend the steep path upward. First exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1885. Companion picture to 'Love and Death,' and 'Love Triumphant.'"

This painting bears a strong resemblance to works by Burne-Jones [GPL].

Text and formatting by George P. Landow

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