Ophelia's Lament by matthughes

Ophelia's Lament

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Added: Feb 17, 2004
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Background is oil paint.
In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia is depicted as a very tragic character. Not only does she loose her beloved father but her love for Hamlet is rejected. Because of this sorrow, Ophelia eventually goes insane with grief and commits suicide.

In this illustration we see the moments before Ophelia decides to end her life. Her sorrow is so immense that she believes she has been left utterly alone and unloved. She feels that if she ended her life no one would hold grief in their heart for her. Because of this she is spreading the pedals of a flower over the very body of water that will soon take her life. In essence, she is expressing the lament of her passing because no one else will.

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Guest's picture

Absolutely incredible, the colours and the detail grab on to you and won't let you go. I love it.

emn's picture

I love all your pictures. Especially this one. You have really captured Ophelia well. This is just beautiful.

rita's picture

Wow Matt, you captured her expression so well. It is indeed well done - love also the background. But her face and dress is just GORGEOUS - MORE!!

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karenmiles's picture

when i look at this painting i almost cry, it is so beautiful.

Guest's picture

Inspiring. Unique in such a way that the age and time period this was done would make one expect it to be from many centuries ago. Love your style and artowrk thank you for sharing.

deadxdaisies's picture

I'm simply spellbound by your artwork. I wish i had an ounce of the talent you possess.

While i did not really care for Ophelia's character in Hamlet... I adore this picture and all it represents.

And I cannot believe it's colored pencil. How in the world do you manage to get the shading and coloring to look so evened out?

flingling's picture

When I started to look around in your gallery I found myself completely spellbound by your art. Thank you for putting it up here, it is a enormous source of inspiration!

Guest's picture

So expressive drawing, full of emotion and the colors are wonderful. I love your style !

matthughes's picture

Thank you! I hope to do similar subjects in the very near future!

somerset's picture

This is a most wonderful piece of colour pencil work, Matt! your details are beautifully realised, and the colours compliment the mood of the scene perfectly, so so well done, my man!

Art at its best.