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