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.

Watercolor, graphite, gouache and touches of red chalk (1870)

by Ludwig Richter (German, 1803-1884)

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