10/14/10

Theodor von Holst, Bertalda, Assailed by Spirits (Bertalda von Kuhleborns Geistern erschreckt)


Zurcher Kunstgesellschaft

Date: c. 1830
Technique: Oil on canvas, 1517 x 915 mm

The subject is taken from the short tale Undine (1811) by the German writer Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué (1777-1843). The heroine Bertalda is tormented by a host of fantastical creatures, conjured by the wicked supernatural creature, Kühleborn. These have been sent in an attempt to drive her away from the household of the hero, Huldbrand, and the lovely water-nymph Undine.

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