created on 2022-01-22
Created on 2024-01-26
The image depicts a scene that appears to be in a mountainous environment during twilight or sunset, with a red and orange sky above darkened peaks. The mountains have been anthropomorphized and possess eerie, monstrous faces that emerge from the rock formations. There are five distinct faces, each with exaggerated and haunting features such as oversized, bulging eyes, crooked noses, gaping mouths, and menacing expressions. The mountain faces range from ghoulish grins to expressions of terror and despair.
The foreground on the left side of the image shows a small, armed knight—presumably a representation of human bravery—charging valiantly on horseback towards these daunting faces. The knight seems undeterred by the monstrous mountains ahead.
At the base of the image, there are inscriptions in various languages - "Die Schreckhörner" in German, "Les Schreckhörner" in French, which suggest the name of this depicted formation or place, with Schreckhörner presumably being the name, and "Pics de l'épouvante", which translates to "Peaks of Terror" in English. Additionally, there's a marking in the bottom left that reads "13. Kunstverlag F. Krüllinger, Zürich," identifying the publisher and the city of Zurich. The artist's signature, "A. Tausend," is inscribed on the bottom right which indicates the artist's interpretation of the mountain peaks as threatening creatures.