Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus

John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917

Oil on canvas


"There is no more masterly work in the whole of Waterhouse's oeuvre," says Anthony Hobson, noting the compassion on the nymphs's faces, the hand raised in a "wholly natural gesture of dismay," as well as the "subdued" colours and all the effects of light and compositional skill (80-82). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Image credit (with thanks): jwwaterhouse.com. Text by Jacqueline Banerjee, and formatting by Banerjee and George P. Landow.