The central idea in this painting is the full cup of life
Such fulfillment can be achieved through the happiness between man and woman.
This fullness of life and immersion in it-in the traditional “wishing you happiness” gesture-appears in wine glasses raised and well wishes given. Here, that symbolic cup of life also is presented by Nature in the form of the primeval ocean and surrounding landscape. The base of this cup of life and the axis of the painting is the road that a man and woman travel together to arrive at mutual understanding.
There is a lotus flower down at the lovers’ feet. This common symbol has multiple meaning in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Egyptian. Opening at dawn and closing at dusk, the lotus is an embodiment of the revival of the sun, renewal od love, return of youth, and perpetual immortality.