A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse (1901)
Would you look at that? Just... Wow
I’m not a big fan of classical “real” art – mostly because it seems to me, in my humble opinion, far too pretentious for little me – but I do love the pre-Raphaelites, and especially
John William Waterhouse. I mean, just look at this painting. He’s beyond brilliant.
I have a humongous wall picture of this in my room, that’s how much I love this painting. I think it’s because of its softness and air of innocence; the mermaid looks so young and guileless, almost non-sexual for all her sensuality. And then there is the design on the fin. It’s gorgeous
. The smooth transition from skin to scales, how it follows the shapes of her body, covering her hips while showing the convex curve of her belly and the heart-shape of the small of her back. That, ladies and gentlemen, is both arousing and alluring, without becoming vulgar for even a moment.
I am so stealing that for my own merfolk design. ♥
Also, just almost off-topic: I know the original voice casting is always the one you should prefer, but I’ve found that I like the Swedish dub version of “Poor Unfortunate Souls”
a lot more than the
American one. I think it’s because the Swedish voice actress has such a commanding presence, and an amazing
I still adhere to my opinion that Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a story about a MTF transsexual.