29 August 2012

From the north

The Greek north wind God, strong and violent, is sometimes depicted by a woman, buffeted by the wind.

In ancient Greek religion and myth, the Anemoi were wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction from which their respective winds came.

Notus was the south wind; Zephyrus, the west wind; Eurus, the east wind; Boreas, the north wind.

Boreas, 450 BC

Boreas is depicted as being very strong, with a violent temper to match. He was frequently shown as a winged old man with shaggy hair and beard, holding a conch shell and wearing a billowing cloak.

Boreas and his brother winds were often imagined as horse-shaped gods.

Boreas - oil painting by John William Waterhouse

The north wind god, in this remarkable painting (1902) by John William Waterhouse, is a woman, buffeted by the wind.

Study of Boreas - chalk on paper by John William Waterhouse

Boreas, the North Wind - recreated by Inglis

 I've found this digital reproduction by Inglis here: Robzentaur1′s blog, art, ego, acceptance and society

Here is the full painting with the background slightly altered, but retaining Waterhouse’s impressionist brushwork. The face is re-createded to make it stronger and more sensuous. Waterhouse’s original face is washed out and fragile looking. The oil paint is badly cracked. I reworked the upper areas of the shawl to create more of a feeling of flow and movement.
- Inglis


Mt Boreas, in the western Olympus Range, Antartica, was named after the north wind god.