Image

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Erlkönig II, 1990

Photographer

Tom Haartsen
1990
45,0cm
x 32,5cm
paper
washed ink
Collection Jaski Gallery, NL

The Elf King king is a ballad written by the German poet, Goethe, in 1782. Put to music by Schubert in 1815. It tells the sad tale of a father riding home with his son in his arms (presumably the boy is ill). The boy sees feverish images of the Elven king, imagery of death, who tries to lure him to the 'other side'. The boy frantically cries out to his father for help. The Elven king is relentless and threatens to take the boy by force. When the father reaches his destination the boy has passed away.
Constant also made an etch of the Erlkönig.

    English title

    Erlking [II]

    Signed/dated

    Titled, signed and dated "Erlkönig", bottom left in black pencil and Constant '90, bottom right in black pencil.
    Tags
    Child
    Death
    Family
    Father
    Music

    Frame dimensions

    No