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Spring Has Arrived

An illustration for a family picture book, this highly finished watercolor celebrates the arrival of spring. Budding trees, nesting birds, children with newborn lambs, ducklings--all signify the promise of renewal that accompanies the new season. A seated crone symbolizes the fading of winter. With the increasing sense of national pride and the development of mass publishing, Ludwig Richter's fairytale illustrations made him a cultural hero for the German people before and after the unification of Germany in 1871.

Digital image and text courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program....

1870
Watercolor, graphite, gouache and touches of red chalk
20.4 x 16.7cm
2009.31

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