Inspired By(?) #6 or: Pyle inspired by …Moreau? …Delaunay? …Chassériau? …Leighton? …Hokusai‽
A young man (a poet?) embracing his elusive muse (personified by a mermaid) for the final time?
"And when your fingers find her, she drowns you in her body,
Carving deep blue ripples in the tissues of your mind." ~ Cream, Tales Of Brave Ulysses
|Howard Pyle - The Mermaid, 1910|
Hesiod (a poet) and the muse, no mermaid but a Phrygian cap!
|Gustave Moreau - Hésiode et la Muse, 1857|
A poet but no muse.
|Sappho Kissing Her Lyre by Jules-Elie Delaunay|
A poet and his muse, but again not a mermaid.
|Hero et Leandre, also known as Le Poete et la Sirene, 1841|
|Théodore Chassériau, Apollo and Daphne|
A mermaid and a fisherman, hmm… who is perhaps also a poet?
|The Mermaid (The Fisherman and the Syren). (From a ballad by Goethe.) (26½ × 18½ in.) R.A.|
Shown in 1858 at the Royal Academy, and again in the 1897 retrospective exhibition, was first entitled The Fisherman and Syren, and afterwards The Mermaid; it is a composition of two small full-length figures, a mermaid clasping a fisherman round the neck. The subject is taken from a ballad by Goethe:
"Half drew she him,
Half sunk he in,
And never more was seen."