OREADS.

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Photos: Jonathan Russell.

The ‘oreads’ were deities from Greek mythology, usually inhabiting remote mountains and ravines, but also associated with lowland areas or even the sea, and who joined in wild hunts or guided travellers through difficult terrain. Some were immortal, other lived only for as long at the tree they inhabited lived.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 1778 mm diameter (1.8 m²).
  • History: exhibited Royal Academy, 1907; bought by and presented to the Tate by John Singer Sargent, 1922; exhibited Manchester Art Gallery, 23 Feb 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.
  • Location: Tate.

 

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