Painting featuring three daughters amongst clouds and rainbows

Evelyn De Morgan, Daughters of the Mist, 1900 - 1919, oil on canvas

De Morgan Foundation

These Daughters of the Mist may be connected to Hans Christian Andersens story of the Little Mermaid. She kills herself for life, but as a mermaid, does not have an immortal soul. In the story, the daughters of the air welcome the little mermaid and tell her that if she does good deeds for 300 years, she can attain an immortal soul.

The Daughters of the Mist are dressed in diaphanous draperies and sit amongst clouds and rainbows. The fourth Daughter is standing, about to stretch up to the star behind her and into the light surrounding her, suggesting that she has attained her immortal soul.

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