Great Master of Romantic Landscape Painting - Caspar David Friedrich

in fineartnow •  21 days ago

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Hello dear Steemit friends ! Today I would like to present you one of the greatest German romantic artists – Caspar David Friedrich, born in 1774. Friedrich trained at the Copenhagen Academy, where he began to produce paintings that demonstrated his particular interest in light and the changing seasons. He spent most of his life in Dresden. Friedrich was introspective and often melancholic and pursued with great single-mindedness his vision into the spiritual significance of landscape. His landscapes were not, as he himself remarked, “the faithful representation of air, water, rocks and trees …. but the reflection of the soul and emotions in these objects”. For Friedrich nature – an infinite stretch of sea or mountains, snow-covered or fog-bound plains seen in the strange light of sunrise, dusk, or moonlight – it was of religious and often symbolic significance.

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'' Sea of Ice '', also known as '' The Wreck of Hope '', oil on canvas , Hamburger Kunsthalle , Image Source

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'' The Monk by the Sea '', oil on canvas , Alte Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin , Image Source

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'' Greifswald in moonlight '', oil on canvas , Image Source

In his attention to detail, Friedrich foreshadowed the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the late 1840s.
In 1835 Friedrich suffered a severe stroke and thereafter had to confine himself to the small sepia drawings with which he had started his career. Forgotten at the time of his death, his greatness began to be recognized at the end of the 19th century.

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'' Harzhöhle '', sepia , Kopenhagen, Königliche Bibliothek , Image Source

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'' Sea beach in the fog '', oil on canvas , Österreichische Galerie Belvedere , Vienna , Austria , Image Source

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'' The times of day : The morning '', oil on canvas , Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover , Image Source

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I haven't heard about this artist before. Thank you for introducing him and his art to me. All of the paintings that you shared are great but my favorite would be the the sea. It shows how small we are in comparison to the powerful nature. It would be nice if we would realize more often that this is the case and stopped trying to overpower what is stronger and definitely more important than we are.

I've seen such a post for the first time. I like the idea of introducing artists and their work. It's nice to learn something new.

Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!


Thank you very much for stopping by ! It makes me very happy that you like this artist and his works. I post regularly about the Great Masters of the Past and such comments motivate me to continue this project !

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Caspar David Friedrich is one of my favorite painters. His paintings have an amazing, "foggy" atmosphere.

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I'm glad you like my post ! Thank you for stopping by !

The first painting is soooo beautiful, mysterious, and melancholic! Another great collection 👍.


Thank you very much @scrawly ! It makes me very happy that you like my "Old Masters" posts ! My favourite is ''The Monk by the Sea'', so minimalism painting, even back then in 1808 !

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A feast for the eyes!


Thank you for your kind words and for visiting my blog !

Hello @fineartnow, thank you for sharing this creative work! We just stopped by to say that you've been upvoted by the @creativecrypto magazine. The Creative Crypto is all about art on the blockchain and learning from creatives like you. Looking forward to crossing paths again soon. Steem on!