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RILKE: The Sonnets to Orpheus

Maria Bozoky

RILKE: The Sonnets to Orpheus

Maria Bozoky
  • Original Title: RILKE: Les sonnets à Orphée ( 2. "Und fast ein Mädchen wars...")
  • Date: 1996; Budapest, Hungary  
  • Style: Expressionism
  • Genre: illustration
  • Media: watercolor
  • Dimensions: 33 x 23 cm

"The Sonnets to Orpheus" (Les sonnets à Orphée) are a cycle of 55 sonnets written in 1922 by Reiner Maria Rilke (1875-1926), who is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets. He wrote the cycle in a period of three weeks experiencing what he described a "savage creative storm. Inspired by the news of the death of Wera Ouckama Knoop (1900–1919), a playmate of Rilke's daughter Ruth, he dedicated them as a memorial, or Grab-Mal (literally "grave-marker"), to her memory. "(Wikipedia)

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