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By Kubel, Otto (German, 1868-1951)
This fine set of six watercolours by Otto Kubel illustrates in a clear and charming manner a famous fairy tale first told by the Brothers Grimm.
The six paintings in this set illustrate a fairy tale known as ‘The Goose Girl’, which was collected and published by the Brothers Grimm in their famous Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1815.
The tale tells the story of a young women, the daughter of a widowed queen, who is sent to a distant land to marry a prince. The daughter, a princess, travels with her servant and her horse, Falada, until she is betrayed by her handmaid, who attempts to kill the young princess in a bid to replace her. In the wild, the young princess must survive with the aid of animals, and eventually reclaim the life she is rightfully due.
The six paintings illustrate this tale in a narrative manner, each work depicting a crucial moment of the story. The painterly style is fine and clear, and the set is a superb example of late-19th Century taste in narrative pictorial art.
The artist, Otto Kubel, was born in 1868. His work is celebrated for its narrative manner and clear, painterly style. He did in 1951.
Each painting is signed 'O. Kubel'.
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