So who is The Lady of the Lake? In King Arthurian legends she is a sorceress who appears in many stories involving Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and more.
But the Lady of the Lake is not confined to a medieval time of legend and lore – the woman in the artwork, Lady of the Lake, is very much a woman of contemporary times, and the lake outside of which she stands is a high alpine one, surrounded by mountains that guard it as sentinels.
As with the lady of the lake of legend, the woman in the painting has a sense of mystery and intrigue about her, and the viewer naturally asks: “Who is this woman? Why is she standing, dressed decidedly not for hiking, in a remote place that is probably difficult to get there, unless one hiked?”
As with all representational paintings of thought and skill, Lady of the Lake tells a story, and because it is a story begun by the artist and finished by the viewer, it is a story that will be different for every person who views the painting. Not only is the...