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Flore. Flore et zephyr (1875).chloris-fertility.

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Flora et Zephyr.
Flora and Zephyr. (1875)

Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse, France.
Flore et Zephyr. Flora the roman goddess of flowering plants, spring and to a lesser degree fertility, sex, and blossoming.
William Bouguereau. Flore et Zephyr (1875)

The seduction of Flore.This painting by William Bouguereau is of a young couple. It depicts the Greek god Zephyrus the god of the west wind and Flora the roman goddess of flowering plants, spring and to a lesser degree fertility, sex, and blossoming. Flora is sitting on a grassy slope with blossoms scattered about her on the ground. Her robe is slipped down to her hips leaving her partially naked exposing her small rounded breasts and upper body to Zephyr. Her relaxed posture and facial expression portrays a scene of calm and intimacy and she appears open and willing to Zephyr's advances. A fully naked Zephyr stands on one leg before her suggesting that they are on a slope and is leaning into her pulling gently her head into his shoulder. About her head there is a garland of blossoms that are holding a green velvety veil. The veil is blowing in the breeze symbolising the gentle west wind and has entwined itself around Zephyrs groin discreetly covering his genitals. He is tenderly kissing Flore on her head while also gently caressing her left arm with his right hand suggesting that he is perhaps trying to seduce her and this scene depicts his seduction of Flore. (See Chloris below)

Similarities in other works.

As I have mentioned in other works. It appeared that Bouguereau had many similarites in his work. Below is the flower detail in Flore.

Bouguereau Used this type of flower detail in several of his works including Pain of Love and A soul brought to heaven.

Rose detail pain of love flower detail

The above account is my interpretation of the work and should in no way be taken as fact.

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The mythology

In Roman mythology, Flora was a goddess of flowers and the season of spring. While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses, her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime. Her festival, the Floralia, was held in April or early May and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Her Greek equivalent was Chloris. Flora was married to Favonius, the wind god, and her companion was Hercules. Due to her association with plants, her name in modern English also means plant life. Flora achieved more prominence in the neo-pagan revival of Antiquity among Renaissance humanists than she had ever enjoyed in ancient Rome.

Zephyrus, or just Zephyr (Greek:Zéphuros), in Latin Favonius, is the Greek god of the west wind. The gentlest of the winds, Zephyrus is known as the fructifying wind, the messenger of spring. It was thought that Zephyrus lived in a cave in Thrace. Zephyrus was reported as having several wives in different stories. He was said to be the husband of his sister Iris, the goddess of the rainbow. He abducted another of his sisters, the goddess Chloris, and gave her the domain of flowers. With Chloris, he fathered Carpus (fruit). He is said to have vied for Chloris's love with his brother Boreas, eventually winning her devotion. Additionally, with yet another sister and lover, the harpy Podarge (also known as Celaeno), Zephyrus was said to be the father of Balius and Xanthus, Achilles' horses.

One of the surviving myths in which Zephyrus features most prominently is that of Hyacinth. Hyacinth was a very handsome and athletic Spartan prince. Zephyrus fell in love with him and courted him and so did Apollo. The two competed for the boy's love, but he chose Apollo, driving Zephyrus mad with jealousy. Later, catching Apollo and Hyacinth throwing a discus, Zephyrus blew a gust of wind at them, striking the boy in the head with the falling discus. When Hyacinth died, Apollo created the hyacinth flower from his blood.In the story of Cupid and Psyche, Zephyrus served Cupid by transporting Psyche to his cave.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zephyr

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