THE FIGURE:

The figure from Bougeureau's "Young Girl defending against Eros'' was displayed in the Paris Salon of the 1800's. In the collage, the figure appears childlike while admiring a finch that is perched on her hand. The finch known for its beautiful song and dancelike flight pattern is a symbol of happiness and an augury of good things. The finch is also a symbol of vulnerability. Fruit is used throughout the collection. It is perishable and ephemeral and acts as a representation of the transient nature of our existence.

 

THE BACKGROUND:

The background depicts the cautionary tale of Adam's fate after being tempted to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Sentenced to a life of labor he is depicted here as a plough man angrily whipping his horses.  This medieval gothic fresco is found in Aspo, Sweden.