Lohengrin and Elsa by Mikel Olazabal

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Mikel Olazabal

Lohengrin and Elsa


146 × 81 cm | 57 1/4 × 31 3/4 in

Oil on linen

The painting was awarded with a First Prize in the "Lohengrin" contest held by the MEAM museum and the Wagner Club with the collaboration of the Liceu Theatre and Katharina Wagner in Barcelona ( 2020). The scene represents Lohengrin and Elsa, characters of Wagner´s Opera "Lohengrin".

The story first appeared in the 13th century as a modernized version of the medieval legend of the Knight of the Swan.

Lohengrin is the son of Parzival that, as a Grail Knight, arrives in a boat pulled by a swan and offers to defend Elsa and her kingdom that is in risk of being lost.

I always liked the small illustrations that decorate early medieval manuscripts, something in their simplicity, the intrincated ornaments outside the margins, alongside the bright intense colors, have always kept my attention. I was very clear that this was the perfect chance to pay homage to it and maybe ad some art nouveau aesthetics to it.