Cactus Gallery LA
OPHELIA by artist Janet Olenik
Acrylic on wood, 8” x 8" round
The scene depicted is a nod to Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which Ophelia, driven out of her mind when her father is murdered by her lover Hamlet, falls into a stream and drowns. Shakespeare was a favorite source for Victorian painters, and the tragic-romantic figure of Ophelia from Hamlet was an especially popular subject, featuring regularly in Royal Academy exhibitions.
Janet also saw Ophelia reflected in a pond and managed to capture her. See the second photo.