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The Role of the Painting in the Works of Theodor Storm

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David L. Dysart

Theodor Storm (1917-1888) remains one of the most widely read authors of German Poetic Realism. His profound contribution to the Novella has been acknowledged and increased academic interest has concentrated on the true artistry of his narrative skills. One of Storm's most notable literary devices is the fictional depiction of paintings. The pervasiveness of such paintings in his works indicates a conscious use of this medium to achieve specific artistic effects on both the structural and symbolic level. This careful analysis of the role of the painting clearly illustrates the craftsmanship of Storm's narrative art and provides an appreciation of the symbolic qualities of his work.