A major work of Watts that seems to be a companion piece to Love and Death (see below). This wonderful piece was painted in various forms over a decade or so from 1884 onwards with what many consider the 'prime' version to have been shown at the Grovesnor Gallery in 1885. There is also a version in the Musee d'Orsay.
The steps represent the path from base existence to the nobler realms of thought and character.
this version was auctioned by Sotherby's in 2001.
oil on canvas
115 x 57 cm
it was exhibited in the Exhibition Universelle (British Fine Art Section), Paris in 1889.
[Love and Death] 1874-77