Spring Has Arrived

Object Details

Title:

Spring Has Arrived

Artist/Maker:

Ludwig Richter (German, 1803 - 1884)

Culture:

German

Place:

Germany, Europe (Place created)

Date:

1870

Medium:

Watercolor, graphite, gouache and touches of red chalk

Object Number:

2009.31

Dimensions:

20.4 × 16.7 cm (8 1/16 × 6 9/16 in.)

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An illustration for a family picture book, this highly finished watercolor celebrates the arrival of spring. Budding trees, nesting birds, children with newborn lambs, ducklings--all signify the promise of renewal that accompanies the new season. A seated crone symbolizes the fading of winter. With the increasing sense of national pride and the development of mass publishing, Ludwig Richter's fairytale illustrations made him a cultural hero for the German people before and after the unification of Germany in 1871.

Exhibitions
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011
Zeitgeist: Art from the Germanic World, 1800-1900 (February 10 to May 17, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 10 to May 17, 2015