Orpheus [III]

Orpheus (/ˈɔrfiəs, ˈɔrfjuːs/; Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music.

PLAISIR ET TRISTESSE DE L'AMOUR: 4. De bekering van Venus

5 color etchings with text by Fanny Kelk. Edition: 10 copies (numbered I-X) & 99 copies (numbered 1-99).
These etchings were made after a series of five paintings on the same theme done between 1975-78.


Depicts the myth of the Greek god Zeus, who transforms into a white bull to seduce the young Phoenician woman Europa without his wife Hera finding out. The painting is perhaps inspired by the signing of the Maastricht treatment (Treaty on the European Union) on February 7th, 1992 confirming the European Union and the Euro.