39" x 47"
oil on Canvas
Delve into the poignant beauty of Paula Arciniega's painting inspired by Gustav Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children)," a mesmerizing addition to her evocative collection. Infused with emotional depth, this artwork pays homage to Mahler's haunting composition, translating its intricate themes onto the canvas with masterful strokes.

With a palette that echoes the melancholic yet hopeful essence of Rückert's verses, Paula captures the delicate nuances of loss and yearning. The interplay of colors mirrors the emotional cadence of the music, creating a visual symphony that resonates with the profound themes of Mahler's work.

As you immerse yourself in the canvas, Paula's exploration of Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder" unfolds, inviting viewers to engage with the transcendent nature of grief, remembrance, and the enduring spirit captured in Rückert's poignant verses. This poignant piece stands as a testament to Paula Arciniega's ability to breathe life into classical compositions, enriching the visual and emotional experience for art enthusiasts and Mahler aficionados alike.

"I often think they have only gone out: Soon they will come home again. It is a beautiful day, do not be anxious They have only gone out for a long walk. Yes, indeed, they have only gone out And they will be coming home now. Do not be anxious, it is a beautiful day. They have only gone for a walk up to the mountains They have only gone out ahead of us, And do not want to come home again. We will find them on those heights up there In the sunshine! It is a beautiful day on those heights." 

~ Friedrich Rückert  (1788-1866)

World premiere: 29 January 1905, Vienna. conducted by the composer.
Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children)  by  Gustav Mahler
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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