Boreas, by John William Waterhouse, 1902
Boreas, in Greek Mythology, is the god of the North Wind. His winds were cold, he had a violent temper, and he was usually considered the “bringer of winter.” His home was said to be either in Trace or Hyberborea (“Beyond the North Wind”).
This seems ironic to me not because these lands are far north (in correlation to the rest of the Greek peninsula), but because Hyperborea was said to be a land “where people lived in complete happiness” (wiki page), and Boreas is known for his strong, violent temper flares.
I love how Waterhouse tried to convey the different aspects of a cold north wind in this painting: her body and left arm are wrapped tightly in the shawl, and the other arm might have been as well had the strong wind not blown it away, making it billow in the forceful wind. The girl is also slightly bowed against the wind, as if bracing herself against it’s cold and sheer force. Not to mention the use of dark, muted hues that remind of winter time, like the navy blues and dark and light greys.
I’m posting about a winter/north wind god because the art is gorgeous, and right now my ac is trying way to hard to prove that it works. So anyways, enjoy!