Dionysus and Ariadne; the cruel reality of being forsaken on the shores of Naxos

‘Dionysus and Ariadne’; an unexpected twist

In the evocative realm of artistic interpretation, André Romijn's oil on paper ‘Dionysus and Ariadne’ emerges as a captivating embodiment of myth, emotion and visual storytelling. This work transports the viewer into the heart of a mythological narrative, where the passionate dance of human emotions unfolds against the backdrop of ancient Greece.

Romijn masterfully weaves together the threads of ancient myth and contemporary artistic expression in this portrayal of Ariadne, a central figure in Greek mythology. The scene is set against the backdrop of a desolate beach at Naxos, where the wreckage of promises made and dreams shattered now rests. The narrative emerges from the labyrinthine complexities of love, betrayal, and the cruel passage of time.

The cruel reality of being forsaken on the shores of Naxos

The visual narrative, tenderly unfolding, captures a pivotal moment in Ariadne's story. Having sacrificed everything for her love, Theseus, and aiding him in his triumph over the Minotaur, her heart is now a landscape of abandonment. As the morning sun casts its soft light upon the scene, she awakens to the cruel reality of being forsaken on the shores of Naxos. The ball of thread, an emblem of Theseus' escape from the labyrinth, lies as a poignant reminder of the promises that unravelled.

In this maelstrom of despair, the true essence of Romijn's brilliance reveals itself. The viewer, upon gazing into Ariadne's eyes, becomes Dionysus himself—an unexpected twist that transcends mere spectatorship. With a subtle yet unmistakable connection, Ariadne's gaze locks onto the viewer, embodies the power of art to dissolve the boundaries of time and space. This meeting of eyes is charged with a paradoxical blend of emotions: bewilderment, surprise, and the instant spark of an unexpected connection.

That split second of eye contact

The magic culminates in that split second of eye contact, where Ariadne and Dionysus find themselves drawn together by an invisible force—a force that echoes across history, mythology, and the painting itself. Their mutual attraction defies the linear constraints of time, and the stage is set for a love story that transcends mere mortal comprehension.

In "Dionysus and Ariadne," André Romijn transports viewers beyond this work of art, offering a glimpse into the deep currents of human sentiment. This work not only captures a singular moment in mythological history but also reminds us of art's enduring power to breathe life into stories and emotions, anchoring them firmly in the realm of the timeless and the universal.

Black or white

But the stories of the Greek mythology never ends well. So, is this also a love story without a happy end? Not for Ariadne. But Thesaus, sailing home to Athene, has forgot to change the sails of his ship. According to the legend Thesaus should have change the sails from black to white, so his father would know that Thesaus was alive and has killed the Minotaur. The shock of seeing the black sails appearing on the horizon was enough for Thesaus's father to jump off the cliffs.

The rest is history!

  • Size (h w d): 70 x 50 cm
  • Medium: Oil on paper, laid on wood
  • Framed Size (h w d): 89 x 69 x 7 cm

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