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William Bouguereau (1825-1905)  Le Ravissement de Psyche [The Rapture of Psyche]  Oil on canvas, 1895  82 1/4 x 47 1/8 inches (209 x 120 cm)  Private collection
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Title: The Rapture of Psyche
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William Bouguereau (1825-1905)
Le Ravissement de Psyche [The Rapture of Psyche]
Oil on canvas, 1895
82 1/4 x 47 1/8 inches (209 x 120 cm)
Private collection

This is one of Bouguereaus more romantic pieces. With Psyche finally in the arms of her love, Cupid, the two ascend to heaven. The subtle use of color is truly astonishing. The light and dark purples of the cloth surrounding Cupid and Psyche play beautifully against the purple grey clouds and mountains. The myth of Cupid and Psyche dates all the way back to Apuleius in the 2nd century AD. In the myth, Psyche is a beautiful princess of whom the goddess Venus is jealous. In her rage she orders her son cupid to make Psyche fall in love with a monster, but Cupid falls in love with her himself. After several trials Cupid and Psyche make their plea to the gods who turn Psyche into an immortal and allow them to be married in heaven (British Library). The story of Cupid and Psyche was a subject matter for several of Bouguereaus paintings including Cupid and Psyche as Children (1889), Psyche and Cupid (1896), and Psyche.


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