My second major painting in a series depicting the world of fairies and elves.
Oberan & Titania
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium:
Oil on Canvas
[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim:
47″ x 31″
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In this version, Oberon is the king of all the fairies in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, who is feuding with his wife Titania, the queen of the fairies. They are fighting over a changeling child that Oberon wants to raise as his aide. Titania wants to keep the child because he is the child of Titania’s mortal follower who died and she wants to raise the child for her follower.
Oberon tricks Titania into loving Bottom, using a special flower that makes you meet true love at first sight. Furious that Titania will not give him the child, he puts juice from a magical flower into her eyes while she is asleep.
The effect of the juice is that it will cause Titania to fall in love with the first thing she sees. Titania awakens and finds herself madly in love with Bottom, a weaver that has been given a donkey’s head by Puck.
Meanwhile, two couples have entered the forest: lovers Hermia and Lysander are pursued by Demetrius, who also loves Hermia and Helena, who loves Demetrius.
Oberon sends Puck to put some of the juice in Demetrius’s eyes to make him fall in love with Helena, after he witnesses him rejecting her. When Puck puts the love potion on Lysander by mistake and then on Demetrius, Helena finds herself loved by two men and confusion breaks out.
After Puck straightens out what he has done, and Demetrius discovers that he is really in love with Helena after all, Oberon looks upon Titania and her lover, Bottom and feels sorry for what he has done.
He reverses the spell and when Titania awakes the two reunite. This is where Annenbergs vision begins, when Oberon and Titania reunite in Love, all the fairies and elves celebrate their love.