Scwabe's meticulous, analytical draftsmanship lends a definite meaning to each detail. Thus the flowers and plants he drew from nature at different stages of their life, their budding, blossoming, and withering, appear as so many symbolic correlatives of human existence. Haunted by the notions of virginal purity and death, Schwabe's cold tones and themes are strange indeed (The Symbolist Generation)
The Rose Croix was an art movement, founded by Joseph Peladan, on religious, mystical and allegorical themes. At it's first exhibition at the Durand-Ruel gallery shown here, Toorop and De Feure were among those exhibiting. In 'Maitre de l'Affiche' it is described this way: Purety has broken her terrestrial chains. Faith reaches out to help her cross the steps of mystical flowers that lead to Heaven, while ignorant Humanity, bogged down in a mire looks on so enviously.