Dejanira (Autumn)  1873

by Gustave Moreau

The centaur Nessus offered to carry Dejanira, the wife of Hercules, across the river Evenus and then abducted her. Having already crossed the river, Hercules hid in the rocky crags beyond, readying a poisoned arrow to let loose on Nessus. [br] Gustave Moreau contrasted the centaur's dark skin and muscular strength with Dejanira's pale flesh and graceful, lithe figure. In...
55.1 × 45.4 cm (21 11/16 × 17 7/8 in.)
Oil on panel
Courtesy of The Getty