Silhouette representing Little Red Riding Hood Oil on double-sided panel.
Silhouettes were used in large houses to dress up and enliven the interior. They brought the rooms to life.
Little Red Riding Hood is recognizable by her red outfit and her wicker basket. She seems to be walking lightly. Her little smile shows her joy at visiting her grandmother.
The tale of Little Red Riding Hood has been passed down orally since the 14th century. It is the story of a little girl who brings butter and bread to her grandmother. On her way she meets a wolf who advises her a path. Unsuspecting, she takes the path that happened to be the longest, as for the wolf, he takes the path that was short to get to the grandmother’s house more quickly.
Today there are two versions, a French and a German.
In 1697 Charles Perrault transcribed the tale with a tragic end. The wolf eats the grandma and dresses in her clothes to trick the little girl. When Little Red Riding Hood arrives the wolf pretends to be the grandmother and eats the little girl.
In 1857 in Germany the Brothers Grimm rewrite the end of the story by making it sweeter. The grandmother is swallowed but a hunter cut open the wolf’s belly to save the little girl and her grandmother.
XIX -th century
Height: 45,27 inch (115cm)
Width: 22,44 inch (57cm)