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Set at twilight in a dark wood this scene is less innocent than it first appears. While the large fairies are the conventionally beautiful and aristocratic figures of medieval romance, their smaller attendants are the grotesque creatures more often associated with folklore. Other human children, identifiable by their size, wear slender chains around their ankles. One child in particular looks back at the human world he is leaving behind.
oil on canvas
H 90.5 x W 146.7 cm