Corpus Christi, TX
28.000 x 24.000 inches
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Painting - Oil On Canvas
An original oil painting by Rebecca Glaze of a beautiful mermaid in a relaxed pose. I used bold colors and subdued brush stokes, as I do in a lot of my paintings, in order to create a lasting visual impression. Art buyers (and art lovers) will see symbolic references to prominent 20th century artists like Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, and Maxfield Parrish (to name a few), as I offer homage to their artistic vision through my own art.
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in folklore of many cultures worldwide, including Near East, Europe, and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transforms herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when modern humans gained dominion over the land and , presumably,began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology - in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyr, and frightful minotaurs to name but a few. But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That's a question best left for historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.
November 16th, 2012
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