Charles Sims
The Wood beyond the World 1913

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Charles Sims 1873–1928
The Wood beyond the World
Date 1913
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1016 x 1441 mm
frame: 1140 x 1565 x 70 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1913
Not on display

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The Wood beyond the World represents an idyllic scene celebrating the springtide and optimism of life. It is reminiscent of both Botticelli’s Primavera 1478 and allegories by the French Symbolist painter Puvis de Chavannes.

The chastity of youth is suggested by the nudity of the dancing children and reinforced by the allusions to pagan and Christian traditions. The group of three female figures on the left are posed as the three Graces from classical mythology, while the central woman holding a child is presented in the dress and attitude of a Madonna.

August 2004

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