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June 17, 2008
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Der Erlkoenig by alarie-tano Der Erlkoenig by alarie-tano
Watercolors, 59 x 44 cm

This image is based on the poem "Der Erlkönig" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Der Erlkönig

Who rides so late through night and wind?
It is the father with his child.
He has the little one well in the arm
He holds him secure, he holds him warm.

"My son, why hide your face in fear?"
"See you not, Father, the Elf king?
The Elf king with crown and flowing cloak?"
"My son, it is a wisp of fog."

"You sweet child, come along with me!
Such wonderful games I'll play with you;
Many lovely flowers are at the shore,
My mother has many golden garments."

"My father, my father, and do you not hear,
What the Elf king quietly promises to me?"
"Be calm, stay calm, my child;
The wind is rustling the dry leaves."

"Won't you come along with me, my fine boy?
My daughters shall attend to you so nicely;
My daughters do their nightly dance,
And they will rock you and dance you and sing you to sleep."

"My father, my father, do you not see there,
Elf king's daughters in that dark place?"
"My son, my son, I see it definitely:
It is the willow trees looking so grey."

"I love you; I'm charmed by your beautiful shape;
And if you are not willing, then I will use force."
"My father, my father, now he has taken hold of me!
Elf king has hurt me!"

The father shudders, he rides swiftly,
He holds in arm the groaning child,
He reaches the farmhouse with effort and urgency;
In his arms, the child was dead.

This is only a photo, because the first scan try wasn't very successful, but this photo represents the colors of the image very well.
I'll update this with the scanned image as soon as I get it.
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Deutscher-Ruskii Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Sehr, sehr gut gemacht! Dies ist halt perfekt, genau was ich in die Gedicht gesehen hab'! Bitte, machen Sie weiter!
ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Wow! Amazing work & imagination!
alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :)
VoodooLady87 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this poem, and Schubert's Lied too!
Now I love your work too :)
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awww thank you! :)
MickMcDee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
auch wenn ich das gedicht nicht sonderlich mag, das bild hat was absolut geiles an sich! besser kann man den inhalt wohl kaum darstellen - hut ab . . . und das kind war tot!
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen dank! :)
Alivia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011   Photographer
Mein Lieblingsgedicht. Wunderschön visualisiert, gratuliere!
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen dank! :)
PrinceWarrenWolfson Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My music director told me about this song! It instantly became one of my favorites afterward! Amazing picture!
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