"Three Graces on the River of Time"

Phyllis Mahon

Phyllis Mahon

Pastel on Somerset Paper

Six panels each 76cm x 112cm (Total size when framed 230cm x 230cm)


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Description: River of Time is a very large chalk pastel drawn in six panels: central to the image are the Three Graces in filmy dresses and. dancing barefoot on the red earth. To the left a pregnant woman gazes at them (with memory of freedom and carefree times?) and to their right an angel touches one of the women, a reminder of the brevity of life, whilst the bunch of red flowers that she is holding drop their leaves into the swirling river, to be carried along in the tumultuous waters to the young girl, who, at her mother's feet, reaches for the blood coloured petals.

I was thinking of the circle & cycle of life: childhood, adulthood, motherhood and the life thereafter. It was painted when my daughter was four years old; the young girl is an impression of her. The work itself was inspired by Van Morrison's song of the same title ("...heart & soul, body & mind...meet me on the River of Time")

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