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117398

Dance of the Spring Maiden

in Oil by Andrew Gruffudd No Artist Reviews
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Part of the Pagan series of artworks. A celebration of Beltaine, the Pagan festival in the spring, representing joy of the reawakening sun and the flowering of nature's bounty. Beltaine (also spelled Beltane and Bealtaine) is a celebration of fecundity, where traditionally farmers lead their cattle through "Beltaine fires" to rid them of parasites. It is also traditionally a time for the youth to frolic, when those older remember nature's rebirth. Held on Mayday, the first of May, the frolics include maypole dancing and the ritual of the Queen of the May. The figure in the picture could be seen as a composite of frolicking youth and the Queen of the May, and her ribbons are suggestive of the Triple Goddess. The white she wears as a sash represents the maiden, while the red and the black she trails represent the mother and the crone respectively. This honours her ancestors, and symbolises the three parts of the Goddess, the Maiden, Mother and Crone, which finds confluence in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit of Christianity and the triple icons of many other religions. Her dance is for vitality, and is danced upon the verdant green, with gloriously alive trees in the background and the rushing waterfall in the distance. Back farther still, on the far hilltop, is a hill fort, such as would have been made as a defence in Iron Age Britain, thus setting the picture's historical context. While the figure isn't displaying an overtly sexual pose, the fertility aspect of Beltaine is represented quite strongly by the peep of labia which can just be seen beneath her raised leg.
W 16.00" x H 20.00"
W 40.64 cm x H 50.80 cm
Oil
canvas
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About the Artist

It is not for me to ascribe any special skill or talent to myself. Of course, I may look upon the results of my labours and be pleased that I have done this thing, although I see myself more as a channeller, somewhat like Fra. Giovanni Angelico, than an originator. Or maybe... maybe I need so...

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