François Boucher: Boreas Abducting Oreithyia, 1769

François Boucher: Borée enlevant Orithye (1769)

This painting belongs to a series of six that Boucher painted for Jean-François Bergeret de Frouville’s hôtel in Paris. Four of them, including this one, are at the Kimbell Art Museum and the other two at the Getty Museum.

Evelyn de Morgan: Boreas and Oreithyia, 1896

Evelyn de Morgan: Boreas and Oreithyia, 1896

Peter Paul Rubens: Boreas Abducting Orithyia

Boreas is the personification of the North wind, Oreithyia the daughter of the mythical King Erechtheus of Athens. He first tried to woo her, when that didn’t work, he abducted her. She bore him two daughters and two winged sons who joined the Argonauts.

Apart from this painting by Rubens (around 1615–20) and one by Evelyn de Morgan nearly four hundred years later, this myth has not made too much impact on newer art.

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