By Joseph Leo Koerner
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), the best painter of the Romantic stream in Germany, used to be might be Europe’s first really smooth artist. His depression landscapes, frequently peopled by way of lonely wanderers, symbolize experiments in the direction of a considerably subjective paintings, one within which, as Friedrich wrote, the painter depicts now not ‘what he sees sooner than him, yet what he sees inside of him.’ but of their outstanding energy to trap the uniqueness of obvious varieties Friedrich’s photographs additionally settle for and show the irredeemable otherness of Nature.
Winner of the 1992 Mitchell Prize for the heritage of paintings, this compelling and hugely unique booklet is now made on hand in a compact pocket layout. fantastically illustrated, Caspar David Friedrich and the topic of panorama is the main accomplished account ever released in English in this such a lot attention-grabbing of nineteenth-century masters.
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It remains a landscape painting enframed as if it were a religious image. An old photograph of the Countess’s bedroom reveals that together with Friedrich’s Cross in the Mountains hung a large, framed engraving of a painting which had been exhibited in the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden since , Raphael’s great Sistine Madonna of – (illus. ). Enormously influential for the Romantics, this Italian canvas was often taken to represent a turning point in the history of art, in which painting extricated itself from the concerns of religion.
Today the work hangs in the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden, representing the continuing secularization of a religious image, which began when the work left the artist’s atelier. It remains a landscape painting enframed as if it were a religious image. An old photograph of the Countess’s bedroom reveals that together with Friedrich’s Cross in the Mountains hung a large, framed engraving of a painting which had been exhibited in the Gemäldegalerie in Dresden since , Raphael’s great Sistine Madonna of – (illus.
Two Men Contemplating the Moon, c. . National Gallery, Berlin. Large Enclosure, c. . Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Morning (Departure of the Boats), c. –. Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hanover. Woman at the Sea, c. . Stiftung Oskar Reinhart, Winterthur. Fog, c. . Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Morning in the Riesengebirge, . Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin. The Churchyard, –. Kunsthalle, Bremen.