MELLER, Peter

Description

Sappho
Because the woman wears modern clothing, this scene would seem to be another, rather straightforward case of Meller transposing a classical theme - the inspiration of love in the form of a visit from Eros - into a modern setting. Only the fact that the tree is identified by its leaves as an oak permits us to recognize it as an illustration from another famous bit of ancient poetry, Sapphos description of how love came upon her in an oak grove. Sapphos verses suggest that the process was sudden, unexpected, and violent; the humor of Mellers version is that it suggests an altogether casual and everyday encounter. - Samrawit Alemseged

Creator

Meller, Peter
b. Hungary, 1928-2008

Source

Incoming loan, courtesy John Moore

Identifier

IL2012.007.030

Citation

Meller, Peter and b. Hungary, 1928-2008, “MELLER, Peter,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 29, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7420.