this installment in the faerie tale feet series is (obviously) based on the original telling of snow white & the seven dwarfs by the brothers grimm. i’ve taken all the enticing elements to retell the tale in icon form.
the original is different (well, more brutal, as the grimms were) than walt disney’s genius telling. she is driven away from the castle at the young, innocent, yet beautiful age of seven. and we imagine she ages while in the glass coffin awaiting the rescue by her prince & his men.
(p.s. the huntsman brings back either a boar’s or a deer’s heart for the queen, based on the translation you read. she salts it & eats it, thinking she has absorbed snow’s beauty & captured her essence. EW!!)
once at the dwarfs’ home, snow is first choked with ribbons from the peddler woman, then fell by a poisoned comb in her hair, and the third disguised visit brings the poisoned apple (half not poisoned that the queen eats to prove it’s not poisoned; tricky tricky!) from the envious, jealous, ruthless queen. the dwarfs take turns guarding the glass coffin in which they’ve placed the lovely snow white. and the coffin is visited by an owl, raven, and dove. (my favorite bits of the painting. up near the branch there.)
it is the prince’s men who stumble carrying the glass coffin away to the prince’s kingdom who dislodge the bit of poison apple from snow white’s throat. not a magic true*love’s kiss that awakens the maiden. but i’m sure they got around to that…. ; )
i won’t spoil the crazy ending, i do hope you’ll go read the tale for yourself, but let’s just say i didn’t paint the iron shoes here…. drama!
original painting is 11×11,” done in gouache.
available for sale, $425 framed.
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