The Oreads,1902,William-Adolphe Bouguereau

In Greek mythology, there were female deities, called “nymphs”. “Oreads” were mountain nymphs. The domain of the Oreads were mountains, hills, grottoes, valleys and ravines. The oreads were charged with the care of this terrain. The oreads were very connected to the land over which they held dominion- and their existence was intimately intertwined with that habitat.

"Long ago people called mushrooms ‘children of darkness’ because they appeared so suddenly overnight. They thought their rings grew where fairies held their midnight meetings — that as the fairies danced in circles through the night, mushrooms sprang up where their feet touched the ground."


William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)

The Oreads, 1902

"A long procession soars up into the sky: it is the joyful band of nymphs who, during the night, frolicked in the shadow of the forests and by the still waters of the river; they take to the air, watched by the astonished fauns, to return to their own realm and the ethereal regions inhabited by the gods." - Salon Catalogue, 1902

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