friedrich de la motte fouque

Theodore Von Holst

Bertalda, Assailed by Spirits (c.1830)

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.