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Theodor von Holst, Bertalda Frightened by Apparitions


Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Date: c. 1830-1835
Technique: Oil on canvas, 795 x 615 mm

The female character is Bertalda, who has entered the happy household of Huldbrand and the water-nymph Undine. The nymph's evil uncle, Kühleborn, intent on keeping the marriage between Undine and Huldbrand intact, tortures Bertalda mentally, haunting her with evil spirits. The subject is taken from the fairytale, Undine, by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué (1777-1843).

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