09 December 2010

Girls of Winter: The Dreamer of Dreams, The Snow Maiden and The Snow Queen



Everything about her was white,
glistening and shining
The Dreamer of Dreams by the Queen of Romania

Marie of Romania (1875–1938) was the English born consort to Ferdinand l of Romainia. The granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria, her marriage was unhappy but she embraced her adopted country and its culture. Marie who enjoyed wearing brilliant colors was captured by Hungarian portrait artist Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937). The flamboyant and promiscuous queen wrote her own version of classic Romanian fairy tales including The Dreamer of Dreams which was illustrated by French book illustrator Edmund Dulac (1882-1953). The ethereal white figure resembles the mythic Snow Maiden or Snegurochka who was the granddaughter of Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus. Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (1848-1926) the Russian artist who specialized in traditional subjects of his homeland shows the ephemeral snow maiden who brings gifts to children. In contrast to this benevolent figure, The Snow Queen of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale is an evil character. She resides in a frozen palace where French symbolist painter Edgar Maxence (1871-1954) depicts her as a cold and calculating ruler.

5 comments:

  1. Lovely, lovely blog.
    Happy to have found you.

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  2. Thank you Pamela, I am glad to find your lovely blog also! Best, Kendra

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  3. a wonderfully woven telling of Marie, I've read about her in one of the books about all the Queens -Victoria dispersed throughout Europe. The idea of the Snow Queen- I love. pgt

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  4. Thank you PGT, I love how Marie lived her life fully in a time when many women didn't. Best, Kendra

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  5. This is amazing. Loved learning about this. I can imagine that Romania would have a weatlh of folk tales, and certainly it would be something that would attract the symbolists. Loved this post.

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