The work of the talented French artist Jacques Louis David is done in oil on a fairly large canvas. David is considered the founder of neoclassicism, based on the works of ancient heritage.
The work "Sappho and Faon" is made in the framework of the late works of the artist. It depicts the beloved Sappho and Faon, as well as a small Cupid, passing the woman a lyre.
In the image of a musical instrument and a little angel, the artist demonstrates love as the basis of creative inspiration. Based on ancient Greek stories, Sappho was one very famous poetess who worked in the genre of melodic lyrics. She was born in the lesbian city of Eres around the end of the 7th century.
Her works did not mention the name of Faon - a fisherman endowed with a goddess of infinite youth and captivating beauty. The legend, which says that Sofa from an unrequited love for a young guy Faon threw herself from a cliff into the sea, appeared after the poet’s life.
As a plot for his work, the artist chooses the moment where Sappho composes an ode about his love for the beautiful Phaon, and the beloved poetess who appeared at that moment, gently touches her face with her hand. The poetess stops playing the lyre, and passes it into the hands of Cupid. At this moment, creative inspiration flowing over her is replaced by the pleasure of love and the intimacy of her lover.
It is not known whether Sappho's love for the young boatman was real or fictitious. There is no historical evidence for this event, however, it inspired the artist to create this beautiful painting.
It merges the detailing of elements of antique clothing and images with classic and traditional symbols of love, relationships and tender feelings. The author emphasizes the sympathy between the two trees in love and a couple of white birds on the window.
Painting by Roerich Overseas Guests