Ophelia Painting by David Holcomb

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"Ophelia", detail.
"Ophelia", detail.
"Ophelia", detail.
"Ophelia", detail.

Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

"Ophelia", 2018, acrylic on wood, 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall (45 x 60 cm).

In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Ophelia, the sister of the central character, slowly goes mad and eventually drowns herself. I've presented this tragedy in an oblique and allusive way, presenting the gentle, sunlit water with only a suggestion of hair or fabric darkening the currents.

Although the hard edges and abstract forms in the picture's foreground suggest modernity, I've used an impressionistic approach to the water itself, with brushwork in greens and warm reds suggesting water plants or reflections.

The style of the painting suggests the landscapes of impressionist painters such as Monet or Renoir, but also the more subjective interpretation of the narrative that might have suited Matisse.

The painting is signed and dated on the front, and titled, signed and dated on the back, as well. It is framed and ready to hang.





David Holcomb

United States


Size: 18 W x 24 H x 0.3 in

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