Trivium Art HistoryJacques-Louis David

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818 — Jacques-Louis David
88.3 cm103.2 cm

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis is a Neoclassical, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Jacques-Louis David in 1818. It lives at the The J. Paul Getty Museum in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Greek and Roman Mythology, and Portraits. Source

In the 1699 French novel Les Aventures de Télémaque, loosely based on characters from the Odyssey, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, fell passionately in love with the beautiful nymph Eucharis. His duty as a son, however, required that he end their romance and depart in search of his missing father.

Jacques-Louis David painted The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis during his exile in Brussels, depicting the lovers in quiet resignation, saying farewell in a grotto on Calypso's island.

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