The Song of Orpheus
Limited Edition archival print. Ed. of 30 (Oil on canvas)
30 x 24 inches
© Matthew Felix Sun
My painting "The Song of Orpheus" included many details and fine points that online presentation often rendered them insignificant and I felt a narrative is necessary to make it more understood.
My Orpheus was a collage of a story. It started with his descend into Hades to seek his beloved Eurydice, traveling on the River Styx. His lyre, which persuaded Hades and Persephone to let Eurydice return to the earth, dominated the canvas. It also took a shape of a strange animal, a linkage to Apollo, even. After he lost Eurydice twice, the grief driven Orpheus refused to entertain Dionysus' followers who ripped him to pieces. His skull became an oracle and his flesh and bones tossed into sky, scattered about and filled the universe with his music and joy.
Thus the marriage of Apollonian and Dionysian spirits ushered in a new era.
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