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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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SierraGamer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME!
I LOVE the dark creepy feeling to this piece!
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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!
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Wow! Amazing work & imagination!
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :)
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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 :)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awww thank you! :)
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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!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen dank! :)
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Alivia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011   Photographer
Mein Lieblingsgedicht. Wunderschön visualisiert, gratuliere!
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen dank! :)
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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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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
I the poem is one of my favorites, too.
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BigFatButtFaceBaby Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Awesome poem(lieder), awesome picture. Very well done.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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MouseDenton Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
It's a shame the translation doesn't have the "whallop" at the end that the original does... I was blown away the first time I read it

And dang nice work here!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you a lot!
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LittleBlackBird79 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Goodness, this is amazing!

I remember hearing an operatic version of "Der Erlkönig" in my old music class and I adored it. I find this is a wonderful representation of the poem.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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LittleBlackBird79 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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FantaCoCo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
I love that ballad.....and your drawing is absolutely perfect! =)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
(Sorry for the quite belated reply)
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ForANDREI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Superb!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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sturmfeuer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
woah, also das Gedicht kann ich seit ich es auswendig lernen musste ja gar nicht mehr ab, aber deine Illustration dazu ist spitze. Man kann gleich viel besser die Angst des Jungen nachvollziehen und sieht auch, dass der Vater den Erlkönig und Co nicht wahrnimmt, weil er zwar besorgt, aber nicht wirklich ängstlich aussieht. Die Nebelgestalten sind einfach super!
Armer Junge...er verränkt sich fast den Hals.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Dankeschön!
Ich hab das nie lernen müssen. Dabei is es sooo toll :D
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future-artist-9 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
:wow: I wish I could fave your entire gallery :love:
I have a question.....
do you use a reference picture when you paint or do you paint from your own imagination? coz if so then your even more amazing than I thought :)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
The painting is from my imagination, but of course I had a reference for the horse for example.

In this picture it was actually only the horse I had a reference for, but mostly I use more reference material. Though the complete image itself is never just copied.
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future-artist-9 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
aha I see....
well I guess it makes more sence now. I draw but I always use references -I'm too scared to try and draw something without one :S-
but you've kinda inspired me to do something unique and not just reproducing "coping :P" art :)
and I'm sure you'll continue to inspire others :D
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Juda-d-Artois Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
WOW, WOW,WOW,I´m amazed and cannot say anymore but WOW
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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lonlywhitewolf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
genau, wie man sich die scene beim ersten lesen vorstellt! wunderschön!!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Dankeschön!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Again,fantastic work!I really like the misty effect and the colours,and the whole composition of the scene actually has something very beautiful and lively and captivating about it.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you a lot! Glad you liky the misty effect and that you sensy some livliness, this is exactly what I wanted.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009   Traditional Artist
Well,that shows you did a great,quite representative work. :)
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DavionX Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
the rhymes suck in english xD
great picture...
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:D
Thanks!
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DavionX Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
xD
:nod:
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Katira Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
I swear I've seen that poem before, but it was in Russian and attributed to an early-XIX-century Russian poet. :omg: I swear it's the same poem, though my book doesn't say anything about it being a translation of Goethe. Yay for there not being copyright in the Age of Romanticism.

Your skill with watercolours is remarkable! I thought it was digital at first, the fog effect and the glowyness are amazing...
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wow didn't know that. I dough Goethe could speak Russian, but I'll check that out.

Thanks!
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Katira Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Hehe, I don't think Goethe spoke Russian, but many of the Russian poets did speak German. And they did translate poems from other languages into Russian sometimes.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Ohh I thought you meant Goethe copied the poem from a Russian writer. Saw only now that you wrote 19th century. Sorry, misunderstanding.
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Katira Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Oh, sorry, I guess I wasn't very clear. Heh. ^^;
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junkauge Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
=O

good gravey

Niroot was right, your amazing!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
wow this is amazing! I can't believe it's watercolor
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats amazing! Excellent work at capturing the poem into a painting! Great job!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :)
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