Die guten freunde

This project draws its main inspiration from Moritz von Schwind's "The Good Friends" illustration.

The fantastical and thought-provoking nature of the illustration has led me to create these collages that explore similar themes. The idea of reversing traditional power dynamics and challenging oppressive hierarchies is a recurring theme in my work, and "The Good Friends" has served as a significant inspiration for me.

Moritz von Schwind was a 19th-century Austrian artist known for his contributions to the Romantic movement. One of his most famous works is the classic children's folklore illustration from 1850 titled "The Good Friends: How the Animals Bury the Hunter" or "Wie die Tiere den Jager begraben" in German.

This illustration depicts a fantastical scene where the animals of the forest, who were once hunted by the now-deceased hunter, come together to escort the hunter's coffin in a reversal of roles. This procession is both satirical and sober, reflecting the paradoxical relationship between the hunter and the hunted.

Upon closer analysis, the illustration can be seen as a reflection of the admiration the hunter once had for his prey, which is now being returned by the forest animals out of respect. It is also sociologically significant as it suggests the inversion of the power structure found in an oppressive hierarchy. In this instance, the formerly oppressed animals are now the ones in control, burying their former oppressor.

Overall, Moritz von Schwind's "The Good Friends" illustration is a complex work of art that explores themes of power, hierarchy, and the relationship between humans and nature. It continues to be a popular example of folklore and remains a significant work in the art world.
Released: 2016
Material: Handmade collage