Der Erlkönig

Der Erlkönig

More about this artwork
Goethe based his poem ‘Erlkönig’ on a Danish folk ballad about the king of the elves and his daughters, which had been translated into German by Johann Gottfried Herder as ‘Erlking’s Daughters’. The ballad’s proto-Romantic content is rooted in popular notions of the supernatural. Schnorr uses gestures to convey the threat inherent in the story, whereas Schwind bathes the scene in a pale half-light and emphasises the demonic aspect. In places, the outlines Schwind drew with rapid, flickering strokes of the pen show through the thin, loosely applied paint.
Inventory Number
11462
Birth year of the artist
1788
Year the artist deceased
1853
Dimensions of the object
52,2 x 65,8 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Genre
Malerei
Department
19. Jahrhundert
Origin
1874 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Citation
Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Der Erlkönig, um 1830/35, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/0vxoW7Kx2V (Last updated on 18.11.2019)

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