Mahler II - Urlicht - Primordial Light

48" x 54"
Oil on Canvas
"Mahler II - Urlicht - Primordial Light," a poignant depiction in Paula Arciniega's Mahler Project, draws inspiration from the verses of "Des Knaben Wunderhorn." In the text, the speaker, faced with deep human suffering, longs for heavenly solace. The poignant lines convey a yearning to return to God, anticipating divine light to guide the way into eternal bliss. This painting encapsulates the profound themes of Mahler's second symphony, premiered in Berlin on December 13, 1895, immersing viewers in a contemplation of the human condition and the transcendent journey toward eternal illumination.
Mahler Symphony No. 2  by  Gustav Mahler

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