Daphne by Dagobert Peche (Austrian, 1887-1923). Daphne, the Greek Goddess who mutates into a tree, was Peche’s muse.
Peche was greatly influenced by the works of John Ruskin and William Morris (Arts and Crafts Movement), and is still considered to be Austria’s “best ornamental genius” since the Baroque Age.
“It would be a blessing for every woman to have a presentment, then to shut them away alone with only beauty, with no sound, with heavy curtains, gold chandeliers, with candlelight now flickering gently, now flaring. I think that is where they were all born, for the batik curtain, for white-and-gold furniture, for rooms with indefinitely high ceilings, for delicate ribbons and silk.” ~ Peche