Boreas: Famous Figure Painting by John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse was an English painter. His artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. Boreas was the purple-winged god of the north wind, one of the four directional Anemoi (wind-gods).

In this Waterhouse painting, Boreas, a girl is in a spring landscape decorated by yellowish daffodils. She stands in sea of flowers. Her head is slumped to the side, with her left hand put in the neck, which wears clothes, while her right hand is bare, holding her

Wind cannot be seen, however, the girl’s waving clothes and trees tell us that it is a windy day. As mentioned above, the scenery can strengthen the emotion in this figure painting, the same with the wind. In the painting, wind is an important feature. The girl’s sad feelings are strengthened by the depiction of wind.

Boreas 1903 by John William Waterhouse
Boreas 1903