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By 1905 Evelyn De Morgan was 50, she had lived through the Boer War and the outbreak of the First World War. It is, therefore, perhaps no surprise that her thoughts become more and more preoccupied with the end of life and death.
A cadence is the close of a musical phrase and, in painting this work, Evelyn is declaring the autumn of her life as the end of the season of gaiety and plenty, the start of the grey cold winter and the descent towards old age and eventually death.
oil on canvas
H 93 x W 183 cm