Waldeinsamkeit - alone in the forest


'Woman in a Wood' by Adolf Hölzel (1853-1934)

 What is 'waldeinsamkeit'...simply to be
alone in the forest (...or at least we think so...). 
It is the feeling of being alone in the woods, but it also hints at 
a connectedness to nature. The solitude of wilderness as 
a motif is prevalent in both religion and the literature 
of German Romanticism (1800-50)



Richard Doyle (1824-1883):
'Wood Elves Hiding and Watching a Lady', ca. 1840-80


Kaulbach: 'Waldeinsamkeit', 1879
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 Vincent Van Gogh:
'Woman with White Shawl in a Wood', 1882


'Waldeinsamkeit', by Paul Rieth
Jugend Magazine, year 1901
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A. Jacot: 'Lady in Forest', 1887
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 Giovanni Fattori: 'A Lady in the Forest', 1875
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Jan Toorop: 'Shakuntala', 1892
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by Arthur Rackham
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 Cäcilie Graf-Pfaff: The Holy Francis of Assisi alone in the Forest


Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
'The Hunter in the Forest'

'Waldeinsamkeit'  by Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853)

Waldeinsamkeit,
Die mich erfreut,
So morgen wie heut
In ewger Zeit,
O wie mich freut
Waldeinsamkeit.

Forest solitude
Delights me
Tomorrow and today alike,
For all eternity.
Oh how forest solitude
pleases me

The English translation is by Michael Gilleland


Vincent van Gogh: 'A Lady in white Dress in the Forest', 1882
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Ludwig Richter's woodcut for Eichendorffs poem
 'Waldeinsamkeit, du grünes Revier...'

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