Boreas (painting)

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ArtistJohn William Waterhouse
MediumOil on canvas
LocationPrivate collection

Boreas is an oil painting in the Pre-Raphaelite style created in 1903 by John William Waterhouse.


The painting is titled Boreas, after the Greek god of the north wind and it shows a young girl buffeted by the wind. The 1904 Royal Academy notes described the subject of the painting as:

"In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape accented by pink blossom and daffodils".[1]


Boreas was put up for sale in the mid-1990s after having been lost for 90 years - causing quite a sensation in the art community. The painting achieved a record price for Waterhouse at that time, achieving a price £848,500 ($1,293,962USD).[1]

In Pop Culture[edit]

In season 2, episode 6 of the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale -- the episode entitled "First Blood" -- a print of Boreas can be seen hanging in Commander Waterford's home.


  1. ^ a b "Boreas". Archived from the original on 2007-05-13.