La Belle Dame De Merci - Medieval Romantic PostersLa Belle Dame De Merci
La Belle Dame De Merci painted by John William Waterhouse. This was done in 1893. The knight is in full armor, and the woman is solely dressed in gentle fabrics. It is her beauty and innocence that draws knight in to her. The man is powerless to resist.
This version is more intimate than the Sir Frank Dicksee 1902 version. In this one they are side by side, right up against each other, and she is pulling him down to the grass with her. Note the heart on her sleeve, a classic metaphor.
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