My painting “The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King based on Hoffman’s classic story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouseking” . The tale of a spoiled prince who lives in a magnificent palace with his magician uncle, Drosselmeier.
The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.
It is a children’s fantasy novel of fourteen chapters written by the German author E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was first published in 1816.
In 1844, the novel was adapted by the French author Alexandre Dumas, best known in the English-speaking world as the writer of The Three Musketeers. It was Dumas’ adaptation which formed the basis for the 1892 Russian ballet The Nutcracker with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Many subsequent adaptations of the story have been based more closely on the ballet than on Hoffmann’s original novel.