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

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.