Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Worth a Thousand Words

Story of Golden Locks (c.1870). Seymour Joseph Guy (American, 1824–1910). Oil on canvas.

In this canvas, a girl reads the titular story to two little boys, presumably her brothers. Her menacing shadow on the attic bedroom’s wall and the boys’ wide eyes suggest that she is recounting the story’s most frightening moment. Fairy tales were appreciated for their moral content at this time, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears was valued as warning children not to wander off on their own.

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