Melusine (or Melusina) is a figure of European legends and folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers. Sometimes, as here she is depicted with wings, sometimes as mermaid.
Melusine legends are especially connected with the northern, most Celtic areas of Gaul, and the Low Countries. Sir Walter Scott told a Melusine tale in The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802 -1803) confident that " the reader will find the fairy of Normandy, or Bretagne, adorned with all the splendor of Eastern description.
This is a delightful rendition of Melusine by the French artist T Donatella [born 1947] It is signed in pencil on the margin and is a limited edition 12 of 60.