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Personal Iconography:  Persephone by UrsaMinor45 Personal Iconography:  Persephone by UrsaMinor45
Oil on canvass, 18" x 24". Glare due to wet paint; will varnish when dry to smooth out the surface

Queen of the Dead. Goddess of Rebirth.

A symbol of the budding and dying of nature.

Here sits Persephone in her husbandís dark house, contemplating her annual return to the earth in spring and the flowers that will once again bloom, the grain that will once again suddenly grow. And then, in the fall her return to that dark place below, with no remorse. Again and again, the endless repetition of being.

Duality is a driving force of Persephone's story. In her younger years she is often called Kore, the grain or corn maiden, yet once she has made the terrifying transition into womanhood she is mostly referred to as Persephone. She is usually depicted clothed, but here she is laid bare for our modern sensibility, where nothing is sacred.

But some things remain eternal.
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:iconkanji-the-wanderer:
Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student General Artist
So amazing.
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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rickster155 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
If Phillip Pearlstein had more of an expressionisitc painter he would have been you...your work is incredible and exquisite!
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've caused me to look up Phillip Pearlstein again, and I am truly honoured by your comment!
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:iconrickster155:
rickster155 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's one of my favourite painters...and so are you.
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've made my day.....
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:iconrickster155:
rickster155 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad!
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ThePrince1712 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. I love the subject as well :)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I often harken to classical themes, as they still are of use in this world
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ThePrince1712 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome. Indeed, well said!
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