The starting point of my animation film is Goethe’s ballad “The Erlkönig”. My interpretation is that this is a story of a rape. And child abuse is the topic I cover in my animated film. The poem itself does not appear in it. It just serves as a metaphor. I. Schadauder
Ilona Schadauer lives and works as a freelance artist and illustrator in Vienna. Her artistic spectrum ranges from classic techniques, such as etching, to watercolor, to completely digital works. She focuses on editorial illustration and portrait.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist. His works include: four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. He is considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.
Erlkönig is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking, a king of the fairies. It was originally written by Goethe as part of a 1782 Singspiel, Die Fischerin.
Erlkönig has been called Goethe’s “most famous ballad”. The poem has been set to music by several composers, most notably by Franz Schubert.