Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Minotaur by G.F. Watts

While the story behind this painting is documented (and is quite straightforward) I can't get rid of my own understanding.

I mean, the Minotaur on this picture is trapped in his spacious prison, with nothing around but sea and stone. Looking at the bird seized by that hideous wretch I can't help thinking of analogies with Frankenstein's monster victims, and also I feel the same tragedy here, a tragedy of rational being wittingly created monstrous and cruel with no other options but to be alone forever.

Anyway, last Sunday I found a new painting to call my favourite.