WEFOUNDThe Gates of Dawn


Simon Toll, who believes that this painting contains "one of Draper's most monumental figures," points out that artist "preferred to paint Greek legends, but in this case he painted Florrie Bird as Aurora, the Roman Goddess of the Dawn," and he speculates that Ovid's description of Eos (the equivalent Greek goddess) may have inspired the artist's treatment of the subject: "far in the crimsoning cast wakeful Dawn threw wide the shining doors of her rosefilled chambers" (101).

Three observations : First, if Toll has evidence from the artist's notes or conversations he had with others, the artist could well have meant the painting to mean that, but roses can mean many things, including the obvious: roses, like the dawn, have a fragile evanescent beauty . . but return in the cycle of time. Yes, she could be looking for her next victim, but she could also be looking towards the new day, since she is, after all, the dawn.

Second, if Draper "considered painting a scene from the story of Aurora's love for Tithonus, a mortal granted immortality without eternal youth," then he almost certainly drew upon Tennyson's powerful dramatic monologue, " Tithonus ."

Simon Toll, who believes that this painting contains "one of Draper's most monumental figures," points out that artist "preferred to paint Greek legends, but in this case he painted Florrie Bird as Aurora, the Roman Goddess of the Dawn," and he speculates that Ovid's description of Eos (the equivalent Greek goddess) may have inspired the artist's treatment of the subject: "far in the crimsoning cast wakeful Dawn threw wide the shining doors of her rosefilled chambers" (101).

Three observations : First, if Toll has evidence from the artist's notes or conversations he had with others, the artist could well have meant the painting to mean that, but roses can mean many things, including the obvious: roses, like the dawn, have a fragile evanescent beauty . . but return in the cycle of time. Yes, she could be looking for her next victim, but she could also be looking towards the new day, since she is, after all, the dawn.

Second, if Draper "considered painting a scene from the story of Aurora's love for Tithonus, a mortal granted immortality without eternal youth," then he almost certainly drew upon Tennyson's powerful dramatic monologue, " Tithonus ."

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was British rock band Pink Floyd’s first LP and only LP that was led by the creativity and peculiarity of Syd Barett . Consisting of twelve tracks, the material on this album ranged from psychedelic pop music that was widely received by most of Great Britain to long-winded acid rock instrumentals.
This album was produced between February and May of 1967 by musician Norman Smith . It was released in the summer of 1967, also known as the “Summer of Love” which was the climax of experimental drugs and burgeoning artists who were influenced by the popular psychedelic sound in both Great Britain and the United States.

This album served as a prime example of this popular sound that was defined during the late 1960s but it also marked the downfall of Syd Barrett. During the tour of this album, he experienced severe mental breakdowns and bouts of schizophrenia which ultimately led to his disbandment with the band. Nonetheless, this record is a defining example of the artistry that is Pink Floyd.


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