The Abduction (Hercules and Alcestis)

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Karen Barrett-Wilt
by The Yorck Project
published on 26 July 2014

An 1867 painting in oils, The Abduction by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), the French post-impressionist artist. This painting is thought to depict Hercules rescuing Alcestis from the underworld (another theory is that this represents the abduction of Persephone by Hades). The distortion of the figures adds notable drama to the scene. Painted in Émile Zola's house and was first owned by him. (Sammlung Keynes Collection, U.K.)

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