In this whimsically imaginative drawing from the German expressionist and Jugendstil artist Heinrich Kley, a nude water nymph, whose form and pose evoke Venus, frightens away a sea demon as her consort, a dolphin of sorts, looks on laughing. In this mixed medium detailed work, Kley inverts the viewers expectation of women's sensuality in a unique dark and satirical style. With this as an example, it's easy to see why Walt Disney collected Kley and relied on similar images for some of the animation sequences in Fantasia. A rare full color rendering on blind-stamped artists paper, most of Kley's surviving pieces are black and white pen & ink drawings. Framed in a fabulous ornate cornered hand carved basswood museum quality frame silk matted behind glass.
Sight Size 8 1/2" x 12 1/2" Framed 21" x 25"
Signature: Signed upper right