Enjoy the good weather while you can. Gather Ye Rosebuds

Enjoy the good weather while you can. Gather Ye Rosebuds

5/21/2021, 7:30:57 PM
Enjoy the good weather while you can. Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (1909) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) was inspired by a 17th century poem called "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." The poem was written by Robert Herrick (1591-1674) and starts with the following lines: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying. The painting shows two maidens dressed in blue-violet and pink robes. They are picking flowers to add to the bouquets that they are holding close to their bodies. Waterhouse combined the inspiration from Herrick’s poem with his fascination for the story of the mythological character Persephone, who was a daughter of Zeus. One story about her tells that she is abducted by Pluto. Persephone’s mother, the harvest goddess Demeter, gets very mad and curses the world with a prolonged winter broken only by her daughter’s return to earth each Spring. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Waterhouse #Poetry #Poem #Persephone #Mythology #Flowers #Roses #Bouquet

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