CANVASES, CARATS AND CURIOSITIES

Expert Insights: The Twelve Princesses by Gustave-Max Stevens

 

Gustave-Max Stevens
1871-1946 | Belgian

The Twelve Princesses

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated “G.M. Stevens / 1899” (lower right)

The greatest triumph of the artist’s career, this extraordinary and monumental oil on canvas by Gustave-Max Stevens perfectly represents the highly detailed compositions and richly hued palettes championed by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The composition’s larger-than-life-size, brilliant coloring and myriad details enhance the drama of its subject, the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, The Twelve Princesses. The artist exhibited this work extensively, including at the 1901 Paris Salon, testifying to both the artist’s regard for the work and its exceptional quality.

 

 


 

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