Undine Rising from the Waters , ca. 1880–1882, by Chauncey Bradley ••••••••••••••••••••••• An Undine is a #legendary figure, a mortal sea sprite (hehehe) that lacks a soul. #sadreac so anyways super creepy but legend has it she must assume human form and trick a man into marriage, um okay, in order to gain a soul, and with it, immortality. #same#mood Once wed, she can leave the sea, but only as long as her husband aka immortality bitch remains true. If her deception is discovered and her mate deserts her, the undine must destroy him. Like WHAT A POWER MOVE.
Ives chose the moment that this undine rises out of the water, and reaches sensuously heavenward to receive her soul. In his sculpture Ives achieves remarkable naturalism in the depiction of wet clinging drapery plastered against Undine’s curvaceous form, similar to strazza.