Fairies and the Peasant Child, The FERRARA, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 17
. . . The artist . . . has told the story of the little girl's adventure over the stream into fairy-land, quite as well as the poet. It is a most graceful and touching work, and has no superior in its class in the whole range of modern art. A cotemporary [sic] remarks:--"'The Fairies,' by the artist of the 'Magi,' is a work of equal excellence in another and lighter vein, and one which will awaken quicker and wider admiration. It is a charming piece of fancy, and as chaste as it is charming. We cannot help mentally contrasting it with what it would have been under French treatment. The water through which these elves--they are not children, or child-like, or intended to be--push the delighted and bewildered girl, is beautifully limpid; we have never seen painted drops so transparent and mobile as those which spring from the lip of the brimming conch which one of the little imps heaves up." The various attitudes of the miniature beauties are extremely striking. The little fellow going before, blowing on a shell, is a perfect triumph of the pencil. So the pensive creature in the shell-boat, and the little fellow pushing, and the one whose cheeks are puffed out with blowing his shell-horn, are conceptions which would make the reputation of any artist. The overhanging leaves are the very completeness of life. [Pp. 14-15.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.