The Awakening of Psyche by Guillaume Seignac
The Awakening of Psyche by Guillaume Seignac

The Awakening of Psyche

The Awakening of Psyche (Le Réveil de Psyché) c1904 by French Painter Guillaume Seignac (1870 – 1924) of the Academic Period.

This is Guillaume Seignac interpretation of the Mythological Greek Princess Psyche (Soul). The Princess of unimaginable beauty that stirred the jealousy of Venus and the love of Cupid.

Here she is depicted in a nude pose with small butterfly wings, doing a partial stretch with her the hand of her raised bent right arm near her neck, and the hand of her bent raised left arm holding the top of her head.

Be hind her is are two large ornate columns that are mostly blocked by a large curtain that is strung along a thin metal tube support that as a gold pattern along the top of the drape.

In front of the drape is an incense burner that is placed on a long metal base and in front of that a decorative wooden framed bed that is covered in a large white sheet, that is partially resting on the leopard skin mat on the marble tiled floor.

At the head of the bed is a large golden colored pillow; and spread across the bed are red, pink, and orange roses, with two red and pink roses on the ground.

The Awakening of Psyche is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for sale online as a rolled canvas print.

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

Guillaume was born in Rennes in 1870, and died in Paris in 1924. He started training at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he spent 1889 through 1895. He had many teachers there, including Gabriel Ferrier, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Tony Robert-Fleury.

In addition to his training in the academic style, much of Seignac’s work displayed classical themes and style, for example, his use of diaphanous drapery covering a woman’s body is reminiscent of classical style, in particular the sculptor Phidias.

In 1897, Guillaume Seignac regularly exhibited at the Salon and won several honors, including in 1900 honorable mention and in 1903 a Third Class medal.

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