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Taking Home the Bride by KristinaGehrmann Taking Home the Bride by KristinaGehrmann
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"What! ride an hundred miles tonight,
By thy mad fancies driven!
Dost hear the bell with its sullen swell,
As it rumbles out eleven?"
"Look forth! look forth! the moon shines bright:
We and the dead gallop fast thro' the night.
'Tis for a wager I bear thee away
To the nuptial couch ere the break of day."

Here to the right and there to the left
Flew fields of corn and clover,
And the bridges flashed by to the dazzled eye,
As rattling they thundered over.
"What ails my love? the moon shines bright:
Bravely the dead men ride through the night.
Is my love afraid of the quiet dead?"
"Ah! no; -- let them sleep in their dusty bed!"

And swiftly up to an iron gate
With reins relaxed they went;
At the rider's touch the bolts flew back
And the bars were broken and bent;
The doors were burst with a deafening knell,
And over the white graves they dashed pell mell:
The tombs around looked grassy and grim,
As they glimmered and glanced in the moonlight dim.

But see! but see! in an eyelid's beat,
Towhoo! a ghastly wonder!
The horseman's jerkin, piece by piece,
Dropped off like brittle tinder!
Fleshless and hairless, a naked skull,
The sight of his weird head was horrible;
The lifelike mask was there no more,
And a scythe and a sandglass the skeleton bore.


A painting inspired by the ballad "Lenore", written in 1774. (Here is the complete German text by A.G. Bürger: [link] )

Read the English poem here: [link]


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Painted using: Aiptek Graphics tablet and Photoshop 7
Time: About 20 hours
Music: Michelangeli, Mozart, Rubinstein
References used: for the horse, for Lenore's face, for the skull
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SoMudkip Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. :O I can't get over how great their expressions are!
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nishagandhi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I have featured ur work in my blog :)
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Hokova Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I just now got to reading it and its a great poem.
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RwDonoughe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I absolutely love the colors and tone you used. It matches the poem perfectly.
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Marvelous!
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, we have a similar song in Brittany! :O Except "Death" takes the bride in a boat to cross the ocean.
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GreenScholar9 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
The woman's dress is amazing!
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KiyaMM Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Gorgeus! Love the effect of the moonlight!

Thank you so much for adding your work to Digital Delicacies! :heart:
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xXTrinityKnightXx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing and hauntingly beautiful . . .
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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knight1128 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
WOw this is so mazing, beautiful and great. DId you make this pic?
:D
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :) Yes I made it.
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skelly-jelly Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! I love her expression and the way her dress flares out. The skeleton is probably my favorite thing about this piece. How spooky!
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SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work :damphyr:
Greetings:floating:
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PoirotHercule Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
greatt
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Billow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really like this :) It has a great concept plus the beautiful artwork :love:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Billow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
you are welcome!
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flabergast-u Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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MysticSerenity Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Hi i featured your beautiful work here: [link]

hope you like it. Take care.
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xXVampireDreamerXx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Student General Artist
This deviation has been featured here [link] as part of :iconthedeviantartgallery:'s member feature. Enjoy! :D
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frenchfox Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
:shocked: Fantastic !
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Justine1985 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
:clap:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! fantastic illustration to it. very good set of colours and details
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Downright amazing. :faint:

The details are stunning, as is the lighting. The soft colors on the bride really make her stand out.
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kuroitenshi13 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
This piece is breath taking!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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GhostLora Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Great work
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blingblingbabe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Corpse groom :D
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corrinne Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Exquisite! It reminds me of Persephone and Hades.
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Bajgraf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
amazing :) I love the idea of this
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MrTortyr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
najs work! :D
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animationstudios Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing.
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mysolitaryground Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic Work=D
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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dominik-day Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work!!
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MiloshJevremovic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful...Realy great work...like it...:)
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MysticSerenity Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   Digital Artist
super awsome i love it. amazing work
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Pink-Myotis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathtaking! X3
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indigo21 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Striking story=) It's full of mystery...Poor Lenore T_T

I really love this picture.
You are very talented;)

(P.S. Famous russian poet translated this poem into Russian. Besides, he wrote a poem "Ludmila" with the same plot... I wish I could learn German and read the original text..)
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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agnijith Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Simply superb.
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Vampiressartist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. So. BEAUTIFUL! I love the coloring and renderings! It's absolutely gorgeous. And the purple scheme gives it a majestic, mysterious atmosphere :)
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Zafiara Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009   Photographer
This has been featured here: [link]

:heart: ^^
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GRKaterina Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I knew this is Lenora's motive!! :D :D :D I love it!!!
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CharmedPearl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
brilliant!
i love the shade and light on the horse and the skirt is beautiful :heart:
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