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John William Waterhouse painted the artwork entitled Psyche Opening the Door into Cupids Garden during the height of his career, in 1904. One year earlier, the artist also concluded an oil painting depicting the mythological character, with the same physical attributes and garments, in the work Psyche Opening a Golden Box. As an artist of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Waterhouse valued the culture of ancient Greece, especially their myths of Gods, Goddesses, and nymphs. The group – which began near the time Waterhouse was born – also worked with themes of the Victorian era and Arthurian legends, in which the British painter preserved in his art and brought to the next century.
Although Waterhouse had a Classical background, learning about art and oil painting at the Royal Academy of London, his joining the Brotherhood would signify a change in direction. Academic painters like William-Adolphe Bouguereau often portrayed Cupid and Psyche, but with a completely idealized manner. The myth tells how Venus, the Goddess of beauty and love, sent Cupid, her son, to destroy Psyche, a nymph. Venus was jealous of her beauty and planned to have her fall in love with a hideous monster, but Cupid fell in love with her instead. Ultimately, to the Goddess’ distress, Psyche was made immortal and got married to Cupid.
In Psyche Opening the Door into Cupids Garden, Waterhouse depicts the nymph timidly pushing open a large, wooden door. She has light skin, and red-brown hair pulled back in a bun. Her soft pink dress is flowing and creates beautiful folds and crests as she holds part of the skirt with one hand, along with some small, red roses. She exudes sensuality, and one of her sleeves falls her arm, exposing her bare shoulder. Psyche peaks into the garden of her true love with a concerned expression.
As a reference to the ancient Greek architecture, the door features an arc, and the walls have golden details with faces of angels – or Cupid himself. There is a tree behind the model, and many rose bushes near the door with white and pink blossoms. Cupid’s garden can be partially seen by the gap of the open door. A ceramic vase is by the entrance, and a field of grass leads up to a construction made of Greek columns.
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