Taken from the legendary tale of Jason and the Argonauts, Jason’s boat had landed on a island in searching for the Golden Fleece. The warrior Hylas was sent to fetch water for the camp, as he fetched pitcher into the water, he found himself encircled by beautiful nymphs, one of which is reaching to kiss Hylas. The handsome youth was then disappeared without trace, it was suggested that Hylas searched the island for his beloved.
The artist John William Waterhouse was inspired by classical and pre-Raphaelite culture in which he dedicated in captivating female form. The central figure Hylas was actually not the centre of focus, but the Nymph, by which the artist created a vision from Hylas’s perspective.
The Nymphs encircle Hylas, signifying he is doomed to follow them into the water. The facial expression of Nymphs exhibit a deep concentration to idleness, creating a overworldly sensuality seducing the young man.
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