"THE ECSTASY OF DEATH"


United Kingdom

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Size: 35.4 H x 35.4 W x 1.6 in

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Painting: Paint and Acrylic on Canvas.

An allegory for the transience of life and the inevitability of death, the stag is depicted in the moments between the two.

A universal experience, but a topic which is shied away from in the west with it’s youth centric culture.

In Greek mythology, Actaeon was transformed by Artemis into a stag that his own hounds tore to pieces after witnessing her bathing nude in a pool.

The image incorporates impasto paint and violent splashes to represent the moment of death.

"A wounded deer leaps highest, I've heard the hunter tell; 'Tis but the ecstasy of death, And then the brake is still." Emily Dickinson

Keywords: blood, Red Dear Stag, artemis, impasto, allegory, death, animals, Actaeon, hunting

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