The Fisherman and his Soul
Oscar Wilde's "The Fisherman and his Soul" (1891), employed the mermaid myth as an allegory of the supremacy of "heart over soul", The story of a young man who loses his soul in order to win his mermaid. Each year the soul returns siren-like to, to tempt it's master back. On the third attempt it wins and both are reunited, but having lived without a heart the soul has become evil and the fisherman not only gains a worthless soul but loses his love.
55 x 102 x 19 inches