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"Princess of the Sea," Illustration Painting in Blues, Greens with Mermaid, Fish



Painted with very fine detail and a brilliant use of jewel-toned color, this fantastic and charming depiction of a mermaid riding on an exotic fish, surrounded by water babies and exotic flora, dates to 1931. Painted as the Depression was taking hold in America and around the world, this work by Harold Gaze seems to offer a lovely, otherworldly corrective. Although Gaze painted in a slightly later period, his fecund imagination and mastery of detail are equal to that of the greatest illustrators at the turn of the 20th century, such as Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen and Edmund Dulac. Although Gaze was born in New Zealand and is proudly claimed as a native son, he spent most of his productive years in Southern California, working for Disney Studios and producing a line of exotic and memorable images for children's books, including "Peter and Prue" and "The Merry Piper." In our opinion, this is his finest work. The medium is watercolor and ink on artist board. Dimensions include matte and frame; the image is 12 inches high by 10 inches wide.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Width: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Depth: .5 in. (1.27 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
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  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865123140902

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