"Beauty's Father at the Castle Gates"

from beauty and the beast

"Beauty's Father at the Castle Gates," oil on panel, 25" x 7"

"Beauty's Father at the Castle Gates," oil on panel, 25" x 7"

On the journey home that night, things for the merchant got even worse. He was caught in a blinding snowstorm in a forest thirty miles from home. As the wind howled, he could barely make out the shapes of hungry wolves as they followed him through the woods, waiting for his stumbling horse to slip and fall. Then, miraculously, he caught sight of a light through the trees. Soon he could see that it was not just a single light but an entire mansion, with windows aglow from cellar to roof.

"Beauty finds the Beast"

from Beauty and the Beast

"Beauty Finds the Beast" - oil on panel, 24" x 13"

"Beauty Finds the Beast" - oil on panel, 24" x 13"

On the night of the ninth day, she had a frightful dream in which she ran throughout the palace searching in vain for the Beast. Finally, she found him lying on the ground in the garden—dead. She woke up crying and removed the ring and placed it on the nightstand. When she awoke the next morning, she was home in the palace of the Beast. Just as in her dream, she ran from room to room, hoping to find him. Frantic, she ran into the garden, where her night-mare came true—for there, on the ground by the fountain, lay her Beast.

“Beast!” she cried and ran to him, but he didn’t move. She shook him, trying to revive him, but he still didn’t respond. In utter despair, she fell onto his chest and wept. “Oh, Beast!” she cried. “Please don’t die! Not now that I finally know how much you mean to me. Not now that I know that I love you! Please, open your eyes and ask me that question again so I can tell you how much I want to be your wife!”

Suddenly, a violent shudder ran through the Beast, and he breathed a long, deep sigh. Fearing this was the end, Beauty jumped back...

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"Beauty and the Magic Mirror"

from beauty and the beast

"Beauty and the Magic Mirror"- oil on panel, 8" x 14"

"Beauty and the Magic Mirror"- oil on panel, 8" x 14"

 
Ah,” Beauty sighed aloud, “as beautiful as all of this is, my only true wish is to see my poor father once again.”

As she spoke, the reflection in a nearby mirror grew foggy. Out of the mist appeared her father, stooped with sadness as he rode into their farmyard. Her sisters rushed out to meet him. Even though they pretended to be sad that Beauty was not with him, she could see in their faces that they were secretly glad to be rid of her. The image faded, then disappeared altogether.

Beauty was grateful that the Beast had allowed her to see her father again. “Perhaps,” she thought, “This monster is kinder than he appears.

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"Sisters and Husbands"

from Beauty and the beast

Actually, they are Beauty's sisters and their husbands, who happen to benefit temporarily from Beauty's misfortunes. Not the nicest of folks, but they were fun to paint! --SG

"Sisters and Husbands" - oil on panel, 24" x 8"

"Sisters and Husbands" - oil on panel, 24" x 8"

As it turned out, using the dowries that Beauty and her father had provided, the sisters had managed to find mates who were equal to them in every unpleasant way—equally proud in character and cruel in nature. At first, the sisters and pretended to be thrilled to see Beauty, but when they saw how elegantly she was dressed and learned how happy she was in her palatial home, they were overcome with jealousy and soon went back to their old spiteful ways, treating Beauty more like their servant than their sister.

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