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Princess Tuvstarr still stares at the water looking for her heart' (modified) by John Bauer (1913) | by Plum leaves
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Princess Tuvstarr still stares at the water looking for her heart' (modified) by John Bauer (1913)

My slight digital modification. Here is an original rendering: www.artsycraftsy.com/bauer/jb_tuvstarr.html

 

John Bauer [Swedish painter and illustrator, 1882-1918]

 

One of several illustrations in "Princess Tuvstarr and the Fishpond" (1913) by Helge Kjellin. This is for the Swedish tale of "Skutt the Moose and Princess Tuvstarr" AKA "Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass"

 

Selection from the story:

 

"Have you ever been in a large forest and seen a strange black tarn hidden deep among the tall trees? It looks bewitched and a little frightening. All is still—fir trees and pines huddle close and silent on all sides. Sometimes the trees bend cautiously and shyly over the water as if they are wondering what may be hidden in the dark depths. There is another forest growing in the water, and it, too, is full of wonder and stillness. Strangest of all, never have the two forests been able to speak to each other.

 

By the edge of the pool and out in the water are soft tussocks covered with brown bear moss and wooly white cottongrass. All is so quiet—not a sound, not a flutter of life, not a trembling breath—all of nature seems to be holding its breath listening, listening with beating heart: soon, soon."

 

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Digital restoration and modification by plumleaves.

 

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Taken on October 27, 2010