Artist William Smith has created a stunning miniature painting inspired by the famous Leonardo da Vincens painting “The Little Princess” by Italian artist Luigi da Vinucci.
The work, which is due to be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York later this year, depicts the artist’s pet pixie-like character, a fluffy white-haired pink-haired rabbit named Coco.
The rabbit is an allegory of the relationship between a rabbit and its owner, the painter, who is depicted in the painting with his arms around the pixie.
Smith has previously created oil paintings of the Little Princess, which are now available for sale in galleries.
“The rabbit was my way of trying to take a painting that is so important to me and do something with it,” he said.
“I wanted to use it to explore and explore the relationship that we have between the rabbit and the piper.”
Smith, who has been painting oil paintings since the 1970s, has painted more than a dozen versions of the painting over the years.
“It’s really a piece of art,” he explained.
“You can see how much effort and detail goes into it.”
The pixie in the Little Prince by Luigi da VINCENZI is shown at the Met.
Source: AP “It was important to be able to explore how the relationship works and how it connects to the rest of the canvas,” he continued.
“So I wanted to take this relationship and see how it intersects with other pieces in the gallery, and I think the result is a beautiful thing.”
The artwork is inspired by “The Princess and the Frog”, the classic fairy tale by Oscar Wilde, and is part of a series of “Little Princess” paintings by Smith.
Smith said he first painted the pixies when he was 17, after being inspired by a painting of a pixie with two feathers in her wings.
He said he loved the pincers of the pied piper, a bird that looks like a pixy with three feathers in its back, and he loved painting pixys with white feathers on their bodies.
“If I had the opportunity to paint more pixied pixying birds, I would paint more of them,” he told the ABC.
“They are beautiful and so much fun.”
Smith said the pisces had a different personality from other pixie characters.
“When you paint a pisce, you see that she’s very sweet and caring and loving,” he recalled.
“In this painting, you can see that they have a lot of life in them.”