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LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCY by J.W.WATERHOUSE

This picture can be connected to the poem “La belle dame sans mercy” by Keats.
This picture can be divided into three parts:
In the background you can see many trees. In this part the dark colours and the straight lines of the branches of the trees dominate. You can see also a lake In distance.
In the middle ground you can see the two protagonists: the lady and the knight. The lady’s face is bright, while the knight's face is dark. In this part also the woman’s dress dominates. She attracts the knight with her eyes.
She represents the positive ideal of life; she is the death which exercises a morbid fascination on young people; perhaps she represents Keats’ frustrated love for a girl, or a lack of the poet’s inspiration. In the foreground you can see the nature with a shrub, the lady’s foot.

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