French Symbolist c. 1880: Pluto and his Queen in the Underworld, Magnificent Oil

French Symbolist ca. 1880: Pluto and his Queen in the Underworld, Magnificent Oil Painting

Wonderful, expressive Symbolist art in a small space. This beautifully brooding oil on canvas shows Pluto, King of the Underworld, with his stolen/kidnapped consort, Proserpina, by his side. In the gloomy background, shadowy outlines of Pluto's dark kingdom. Wow!

This is French work from the late 19th century. The attribution on the back is to Alfred Dehodenq (1822-1882), but I'm inclined to think that it's by some other, equally important artist. It's closer to the manner of Redon. In any case the level of skill and expressivity is of the first rank.

Dimensions are about 12.25 inches by 9.5 inches. The painting has been relined as a conservation measure. I see a few small abrasions on the surface. General appearance and "curb appeal" are very good. My initial asking price is modest for something of this quality, and it is a very fair deal at the Buy It Now price. Shipping to the U.S. (the picture is currently located in France) will be $20.

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Proserpina is an ancient Roman goddess whose story is the basis of a myth of Springtime. Her Greek goddess' equivalent is Persephone...She is a life-death-rebirth deity... She was the daughter of Ceres, goddess of agriculture

She was the daughter of Ceres and Jupiter, and was described as a very enchanting young girl.Venus, in order to bring love to Pluto, sent her son Amor to hit Pluto with one of his arrows. Proserpina was in Sicily, at the fountain of Aretusa near Enna, where she was playing with some nymphs and collecting flowers, when Pluto came out from the volcano Etna with four black horses.

He abducted her in order to marry her and live with her in Hades, the Greek Underworld, of which he was the ruler.

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