""alpheus And Arethusa" Attributed To François Bonnemer (1638-1689)"Alpheus and Arethusa: This oil on canvas (41cm x51cm) mounted on the fixed frame is embedded in part of giltwood time of regency era (57cmx 68cm). This table, the pyramidal composition, is animated by three characters: A bearded man wearing a crown of reeds, a goddess halo of light springing from a crescent moon, and a frightened young woman. The scene is set in a wooded landscape which appear in the distance the blue mountains. The rigor of the construction and design to quickly understand the content of the story. This is Alpheus and Arethusa. Drawn from ancient mythology, Alpheus is a river god, son of the Titan Oceanus and Tethys his sister. He pursued the nymph Arethusa, which was bathed in its waters. She noticed that the river was in love with her charms, and taking fright, fled precipitately. But the river pursued so hard that the poor nymph had no alternative but to invoke Diana. The goddess, touched by her situation, carried her to another country. The river lover does not consider himself defeated, and insisted mingle its waters with those of the nymph. While Arethusa fountain is near Syracuse in Sicily and the Alpheus River flows in Greece, the marriage took place probably by special permission of Neptune. Indeed, according to an ancient tradition, the river Alpheus, does not mix its waters with those of the sea but runs right in Sicily, the place where the fountain Arethusa also pours his. Here we find the influence of Nicolas Chick (1594-1665), both in the composition, drawing and coloring. The simplicity helps make it readable and comprehensive narrative. We are here before a work that can be attributed to François Bonnemer (1638-1689). Nicolas Poussin's contemporary, he was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1665 and was elected to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, January 5, 1675 with the reception piece Apollo pursuing Daphne (oil on canvas, Ingres Museum in Montauban). He was active in Versailles. This painting reflects the spirit of French classicism that animated the Versailles painters of that time. The taste for mythology, the care taken in construction and clarity by using a color and a balanced design reflect research and concerns of this period.