Today’s painting, “The Blue Bird,” is another work by Frank Cadogan Cowper, who was featured last Sunday. I liked his imagery, and wanted to see more.
“The Blue Bird” is in a private collection. It was sold most recently at auction by Christie’s in 2011 for £373,250 ($610,264).
From the catalogue:
“The picture does, however, undoubtedly relate to Madame d’Aulnoy’s fairy tale of the same name, first published in 1697. This tells of a beautiful young princess, Fiordelisa, who falls in love with a handsome prince. He returns her love, but her wicked step-mother, wanting him to marry her own ill-favoured daughter, Turritella, shuts her up in a tower and attempts to blacken her name with her suitor. When the prince, refusing to marry Turritella, is transformed into a Blue Bird by her fairy godmother, he flies to the tower and holds amorous tête-à-têtes with Fiordelisa, bringing her presents of jewels as tokens of his affection.
“Cowper shows the lovers enjoying one of these trysts, the princess holding a rope of pearls that the Blue Bird has evidently just given her.”