Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Flight of King Gradlon (1884)

There are several versions of this painting: The Flight of King Gradlon, by Evariste Luminais.

The drawing below of the same scene predates the paintings by a couple of years.

Having met Théodore Hersart de La Villemarqué, who had published a collection of popular Breton songs, around 1884 Luminais based on one of the songs his Flight of King Gradlon, depicting the king fleeing on horseback from his city of Ys as it is swallowed by the sea; St. Winwaloe urges him to jettison his only child, Dahut.

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