Goblin Market Originals, Apples II, 2018

This is one of the original watercolour paintings used for the 2018 Picture Room Edition of Goblin Market.

The series of nine watercolour on paper collect fruit peels, grapes, peaches, pomegranates, pears and apples. Inspired by the poem by Christina Rossetti of the same name, the series renders the richness and sensuality of the fruits with an avid vibrancy. The poem tells a story of two girls, Laura and Lizzie, who are lured by goblin merchants with fruit. Particularly relevant to the current state of our country, we see the girls stand up to coercion, joined in sisterhood. Shapton painted the fruits with the goblins and girls in mind. Exuding confidence, the compositions embody the allegory of Rossetti’s poem.

Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her works have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, Granta, and The New Yorker, and she teaches in the creating writing department at Columbia University School of the Arts. Shapton is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her latest book is Guestbook, a collection of short stories.

Watercolour on paper

Custom framing recommended in Natural Maple or Natural Walnut with artwork floated on archival mat board. Please see here for framing options and make a note of frame preference when checking out in the Order Comments.