RUTH FITTON PORTRAITS
Waiting for Persephone
Oil on canvas, 30x24"
Exhibited by the Society of Women Artists at their 2017 London exhibition
Awarded a Notable Mention at the Great North Art Show 2016
'Waiting for Persephone' is one of my most talked-about paintings. Whenever I exhibit it, I am flooded with comments and questions. The story behind the conception of the painting is simple: it references the ancient Greek myth of Hades and Persephone.
Hades, god of the Underworld, is said to have abducted the lovely Persephone and tricked her into becoming his wife by persuading her to eat from a pomegranate. However, as Persephone had been won by trickery, the great gods decreed that she should spend eight months of each year above ground, and only four months in the Underworld with Hades.
So for two thirds of each year, Hades is left alone. He watches, he waits... and he knows that Persephone must return.