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"The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie" (1910)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

"The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie", as illustrated by Arthur Rackham, presents some examples of his adult-oriented illustrations. His powerful

images interpret Wagner's dramatic work wonderfully and emerge from each page with significant force and stirring emotion.

 

Rackham, himself, recognised the stylistic changes required for the dramatic content of Wagner's work, noting in an interview with

"The Daily News":

 

The work I have just finished is different from any of my other productions, for the reason that it is

of more serious interest.

 

He also appreciated that such changes could affect the public reception of his work, as noted in his comments contained in correspondence

to Margaret Farjeon:

 

I am very glad you like my "Ring". I quite expected to make as many enemies with it as friends.

 

Similar sentiments are reflected in his comments contained in correspondence to Rachel Fry:

 

I am very glad you like my illustrations. I am rather afraid that the books of mine that are coming

out this year and next, which illustrate Wagner's great Music-stories, the "Ring of the Nibelungs",

are not very well suited for those lucky people who haven't yet finished the delightful adventure of

growing up, but soon, perhaps, you will know and be fond of Wagner's music and writings, and

then you may like these drawings of mine as well as the others.

 

Such concern, however, were unfounded and the illustrations were greeted with critical approval upon publication, as demonstrated by the

critique published in "The Bookman" (1911):

 

His pictures have the large air of the operas - not seldom do they come near matching the

pictures in the mind of the opera-goer. His gods and godesses have power, dignity, and

charm; the gnomes are grotesquely impressive ...

 

 

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Cover for ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner and illustrated by Arthur Rackham

On the left, we show a rare First Edition example of "The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie" (1910) that retains

the original gold-stamped brown cloth cover - the binding used by William Heinemann (London).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the Title Page

prepared by Arthur Rackham.

 

 

Title Page for ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner and illustrated by Arthur Rackham          

Rackham's exploration of the Norse myths displays an inexhaustible creative imagination, moving seamlessly from depicting timeless serenity to heavenly despair - and a vast

range of human and heroic emotions in between. His suite of illustrations for the First Edition of "The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie" (1910) included 34 tipped-in colour plates and

more than a dozen monotone illustrations.

 

 

Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing Arthur Rackham's artwork

for the First Edition of "The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie" (1910)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an illustration from Arthur Rackham for ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 34 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards

appear.

 

 

 

 

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When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach

typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about

Arthur Rackham, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write

your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our

Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about Arthur Rackham,

this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

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PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are

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ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Arthur Rackham.

Fine Art Poster sample showing an illustration from Arthur Rackham for ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 12x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham for the First Edition

of "The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie" (1910)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'Raging Wotan, Rodes to the rock! ... Like a storm-wind he comes!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'The frolic of the Rhine-Maidens' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'The Rhine-Maidens teasing Alberich' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Mock away! Mock! The Niblung makes for your toy!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

Raging Wotan

Rides to the rock!

...

Like a storm-wind he comes!

(Frontispiece)

 

 

The frolic of the Rhine-Maidens

 

 

The Rhine-Maidens teasing Alberich

Mock away! Mock!

The Niblung makes for your toy!

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Seize the despoiler! Rescue the gold! Help us! Help us! Woe! Woe!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Freia, the fair one' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'The Rhine's pure-gleaming children, Told me of their sorrow' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner

Arthur Rackham - 'Fasolt suddenly seizes Freia and drags her to one side with Fafner' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner

 

Seize the despoiler!

Rescue the gold!

Help us! Help us!

Wòe! Woe!

 

 

Freia, the fair one

 

The Rhine's pure-gleaming children

Told me of their sorrow

 

 

Fasolt suddenly seizes Freia and drags

her to one side with Fafner

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'The Gods grow wan and aged at the loss of Freia' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Mime, howling, ''Ohe! Ohe! Oh! Oh!''' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Mime writhes under the lashes he receives' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Alberich drives in a band of Nibelungs laden with gold and silver treasure' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

The Gods grow wan and

aged at the loss of Freia

 

 

Mime, howling, "Ohé! Ohé!

Oh! Oh!"

Mime writhes under the

lashes he receives

Alberich drives in a band of

Nibelungs laden with gold and

silver treasure

 

 

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Ohe! Ohe! Horribel dragon, O swallow me not! Spare the life of poor Loge!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Fafner - ''Hey! Come higher, And stop me this cranny!''' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Erda bids thee beware' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Fafner kills Fasolt' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

Ohé! Ohé!

Horrible dragon,

O swallow me not!

Spare the life of poor Loge!

 

 

Fafner. "Hey! Come higher,

And stop me this cranny!"

Erda bids thee beware

Fafner kills Fasolt

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'To my hammer's swing, Hitherward sweep, Vapours and fogs! Hovering mists! Donner, your lord, summons his hosts!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'The Rhine's fair children, Bewailing their lost gold, weep' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Sieglinde - ''This healing and honeyed, Draught of mead, Deign to accept from me.'' Siegmund - ''Set it first to thy lips.''' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Funding discovers the likeness between Siegmund and Sieglind' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

To my hammer's swing

Hitherward sweep

Vapours and fogs!

Hovering mists!

Donner, your lord, summons his hosts!

 

 

The Rhine's fair children,

Bewailing their lost gold, weep

Sieglinde. "This healing and honeyed

Draught of mead

Deign to accept from me."

Siegmund. "Set it first to thy lips."

Hunding discovers the likeness between

Siegmund and Sieglind

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Sieglinde prepared Hunding's draught for the night' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Siegmund the Walsung, Thou dost see! As bride-gift, He brings thee this sword' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Brunnhilde' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Fricka approaches in anger' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

Sieglinde prepares Hunding's

draught for the night

Siegmund the Walsung

Thou dost see!

As bride-gift

He brings thee this sword

 

 

Brünnhilde

Fricka approaches in anger

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Brunnhilde slowly and silenty leads her horse down the path to the cave' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Father! Father! Tell me what ails thee? With dismay thou art filling thy child!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Brunnhilde stands for a long time dazed and alarmed' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Brunnhilde with her horse, at the mouth of the cave' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

Brünnhilde slowly and silently leads

her horse down the path to the cave

 

 

Father! Father!

Tell me what ails thee?

With dismay thou art filling thy child!

 

 

Brünnhilde stands for a long time

dazed and alarmed

Brünnhilde with her horse, at the mouth

of the cave

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Brunnhilde - ''I flee for the first time, And am pursued, Warfather follows close ... He nears, he nears in fury! Save this woman! Sisters, your help!' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'There as a dread, Dragon he sojourns, And in a cave, Keeps watch over Alberich's ring' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'The ride of the Valkyries' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'Wotan - ''Appear, flickering fire, Encircle the rock with thy flame! Loge! Loge! Appear!''' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner  

Brünnhilde: "I flee for the first time

And am pursued:

Warfather follows close ...

He nears, he nears in fury!

Save this woman!

Sisters, your help!"

 

 

There as a dread

Dragon he sojourns,

And in a cave

Keeps watch over Alberich's ring

The ride of the Valkyries

 

Wotan: "Appear, flickering fire,

Encircle the rock with thy flame!

Loge! Loge! Appear!"

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'As he moves slowly away, Wotan turns and looks sorrowfully back at Brunnhilde' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner Arthur Rackham - 'The sleep of Brunnhilde' from ''The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie'' (1910), written by Richard Wagner      

As he moves slowly away, Wotan

turns and looks sorrowfully back

at Brünnhilde

 

 

The sleep of Brünnhilde

     

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