The story of <em>The Forest Maiden</em> tells of female demon who inhabits the forest and appears as a beautiful woman to tempt and prey upon unwitting men. This prints shows several different scenes of seduction, placed through an elaborately woven forest canopy. Eugen Neureuther made this elaborate etching depicting the tale during a revival of interest in folk tales in Germany in the early 19th century.

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  • Title: The Forest Maiden
  • Creator: Wendelin Wick (German, active 1842-1853), Eugen Napoleon Neureuther (German, 1806-1862)
  • Date Created: 1845
  • Physical Dimensions: Plate: 72 x 53 cm (28 3/8 x 20 7/8 in.); Sheet: 81 x 62 cm (31 7/8 x 24 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Possibly Alexander Strähuber [1814-1882], Munich, Germany, Anton Strähuber [1877-1939], Munich, Germany, Hartung & Hartung, Munich, Germany, C.G. Boerner, New York, NY, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2018.303
  • Medium: etching on steel on wove paper
  • Inscriptions: In plate: “Der Kunstverein in München seinen Mitglieden für das Jahr 1845”, below image; “E. Neureuther gez. ü rad”, below image left; “Gedruckt bei Wick im München”
  • Fun Fact: Folk tales that featured a young maiden falling in love with a prince were very popular in 19th-century Germany, well before Walt Disney!
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Germany, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Stephen Dull
  • Collection: PR - Etching
  • Accession Number: 2018.303

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