The Star-Child’s Mother
Inspired by “The Star-Child” from “The Fairy Stories of Oscar Wilde”
Acrylic and water soluble pastel on canvas, signed and ready to hang
The sides of the painting have been finished in black paint
121.5 x 76 x 2cm / 47.8 x 29.9 x 0.78″
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“Why, where is my mother? For I see none here but this vile beggar-woman.”
And the woman answered him, “I am thy mother”.
“Thou art mad to say so,” cried the Star-Child angrily. “I am no son of thine, for thou art a beggar, and ugly, and in rags. Therefore get thee hence, and let me see thy foul face no more.”
“Nay, but thou art indeed my little son, whom I bare in the forest,” she cried, and she fell on her knees, and held out her arms to him. “The robbers stole thee from me, and left thee to die,” she murmured, “but I recognised, the cloak of golden tissue and the amber chain. Therefore I pray thee come with me, for over the whole world have I wandered in search of thee. Come with me, my son, for I have need of thy love.”
But the Star-Child stirred not from his place, but shut the doors of his heart against her, nor was there any sound heard save the sound of the woman weeping for pain.
From “The Star-Child”