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Encyclopedia > Josef Madlener
"Der Berggeist"
"Der Berggeist"

Josef Madlener (18811967) was a Swabian artist and illustrator. He was born near Memmingen. His work was published in various newspapers, magazines, and a few children's Christmas books, e. g. Das Christkind Kommt (1929) and Das Buch vom Christkind (1938). Madlener's Christmas art also appeared in several postcard series. The monograph by Eduard Raps (1981) published for the artist's centenary, shows a sampling of Madlener's art. Image File history File links Der Berggeist by Josef Madlener (mid to late 1920s) This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links Der Berggeist by Josef Madlener (mid to late 1920s) This work is copyrighted. ... 1881 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Swabian is a native of Swabia, a place that is located in the south-west region of Germany. ... Memmingen is a town in the Bavarian administrative region Swabia in Germany. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The most famous of Madlener's paintings is "Der Berggeist" ("the mountain spirit"), from similarities in style dated to the period around 1925–30. The painting is reproduced on a postcard that was in the possession of J. R. R. Tolkien, marked "the origin of Gandalf". Zimmermann (1983:22) interviewed the Madlener's daughter Julie (born 1910), who distinctly remembered her father painting Der Berggeist sometime after 1925/6. She also noted that the postcard version was "published in the late twenties by Ackermann Verlag München, in a folder with three or four similar pictures with motifs drawn from German mythology: a fairy lady of the woods, a deer carrying a shining cross between its antlers, 'Rübezahl', and possibly one more". The whereabouts of the original was unknown for some sixty years, until it was auctioned on Sotheby's in July, 2005, and sold for 84,000 GBP [1]. J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... This article is about the fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkiens books. ... PR shot of Sothebys New York, from auditions for The Apprentice 2 Sothebys is a noted auction house. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... GBP may be: short for Game Boy Player the ISO currency code for the British Pound Sterling. ...


The previous owner had met Madlener twice and described Madlener as being tall, about 185 cm. He recalled that Madlener liked to bake and, on his second visit in 1946 or 1947 served his own bread and much coffee. Having seen Der Berggeist on his previous visit, the visitor told the artist how much he loved it, and Madlener promptly told his guest to give it a good home.


Literature

  • Eduard Raps Josef Madlener 1881 bis 1967, Memmingen, 1981.
  • Manfred Zimmermann, The Origin of Gandalf and Josef Madlener, Mythlore 34, 1983.
  • Hans-Wolfgang Bayer and Johannes Hoyer, "Der Nachlaß des Memminger Künstlers Josef Madlener" in: Schönere Heimat 87 (1998), 66–70.

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Gandalf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2706 words)
However, Manfred Zimmerman (1983) discovered that the painting was by German artist Josef Madlener and dates to the late 1920s.
The previous owner had been given the painting by Madlener in the 1940s and recalled that he had stated the mountains in the background of the painting were the Dolomites.
Manfred Zimmerman, The Origin of Gandalf and Josef Madlener, Mythlore 34 (1983).
News: Painting that was the inspiration for Gandalf - The Tolkien Society (547 words)
Josef Madlener's hitherto lost original painting that was the inspiration for Tolkien's Gandalf has been discovered and will be offered by Sotheby's in London on 12 July 2005.
It is therefore currently accepted that Tolkien acquired a copy of the postcard in the mid 1920s around the time when he began telling his children the stories that were eventually to become The Hobbit.
Madlener liked to bake and, for a second visit in 1946 or 1947 had made some bread, similar to Stollen, and there was much conversation, bread and coffee.
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