Steppenwolf – Goethe

V0002295 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Line engraving by C. Hess after

“It was an engraving and it represented the poet Goethe as an old man full of character, with a finely chiseled face and a genius’ mane. Neither the renowned fire of his eyes nor the lonely tragic expression beneath the courtly whitewash was lacking…Perhaps I found it exasperating only because of a certain pretentious virtuosity. In any case, and whatever the cause, this empty and self-satisfied presentation of the aged Goethe shrieked at me at once as a fatal discord, exasperated and oppressed as I was already.”

Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse

[Image: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Line engraving by C. Hess after F. G. von Kügelgen, 1810]

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