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The painting depicts, Ariadne (the daughter of the King of Minos) who was abandoned by her lover Theseus, whilst she slept on the island of Naxos. Awakening to her fate, Ariadne is normally portrayed in a frenzied rage; in contrast, Evelyn shows her after her rage has subsided, solitary and desolate, her red robe conveying the idea of martyrdom. The many shells on the shoreline symbolise female sexuality, fertility and love.
Ariadne in Naxos
oil on canvas
H 59.8 x W 101.2 cm