Thursday, February 22, 2007


Psyche et l'amour, 1817 by Baron Francois Gerard, Louvre, Paris.

A popular subject throughout the 19th century, Gerard version of the story of Cupid and Psyche almost portrays the figures as secondary to the outdoor temple and landscape setting. The vibrancy of the bright colors also serve to draw our attention from the couple.


Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

It is striking that half the bed is red and the other white, the symbolism of color is not lost either!

epppie said...

The color symbolism contrasts interestingly with the desexing of the figures!

Pephi said...

The red and white colors are a symbol of passion and love. Interesting!

Anonymous said...

The painting you describe indeed hangs at the louvre however it is not by Francois Gerard, this painting is by Francois Edouard Picot... Francois Gerard has indeed a painting titled psyche et l'amour which also hangs at the louvre but it not the painting you have displayed on your blog.

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