The Silver-Leaved Tree
Medium: Gouache, silver paint, ink, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: sheet: 15 × 11 15/16 in. (38.1 × 30.3 cm)
Illustration Citation: For Grimms' Fairy Tales, date and place of edition not identified
Credit Line: Gift of Constance La Boiteaux Drake, 1956
About: In this fairy tale, Little Two-Eye's life is made unhappy by her one- and three-eyed sisters, who cast her as the strange member of the family. Justice is served when Two-Eyes is magically presented with a silver tree with golden apples, and a handsome prince arrives to marry her. In an ending typical of 19th century re-telling of mediaeval tales, the conventional moral good must prevail, and so Little Two-Eyes forgivingly welcomes her sisters to her home as they have become poor and haggard.
The silver paint, decorative capital and borders, and finely rendered figures recall an illuminated manuscript of the Middle Ages, the period from which the Brothers Grimm collected their compendium of fairly tales.
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