Konrad Wilhelm Dielitz (1845 - 1933)
||Charles Goutzwiller, Gabriel Guerin, Michel Drolling and Picot
Konrad Dielitz is a German portrait and genre
painter of high rank. He was born in 1845 in Berlin, and was the son of a well-known literary man.
He made his first stroke of fortune as a portrait painter, and the reputation he
thus gained brought him an appreciative public for his genre, historical, and
legendary compositions. In "The Daughters of the Rhine"
he takes up the legend of the water-fairies who guard the fabulous treasures of that
picturesque stream, upon which Wagner founded his opera of the "Rheingold."
the painter of "The Spirit of the Alps," has taken a Tyrolean legend for his subject.
This popular tale belongs to the Bavarian Alps, in which most of the artist's mountain studies were made.
A chamois hunter ahs been led by the ardor of the chase to the very snow line of the loftiest peak of the range.
Here the scanty vegetation that clothes the mountain-side ceases. Wearied by his exertions, the hunter
lies down to sleep upon the narrow and dangerous ledge, and the fairy of the mountains discovers the
intruder on her domain. His youth and beauty charm away any resentment which she might entertain
against his trespass, and she plucks an edelweiss, the mountain flower which grows in the highest and most
inaccessible places, to place it in his hand as a protecting talisman.
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