jueves, 30 de junio de 2016
Caspar David Friedrich (German painter) 1774 - 1840
Nebel im Elbtal (Fog in the Elbe Valley), 1822-23
oil on canvas
33 x 43 cm.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
This painting has the delicacy of Chinese painting on silk in its silent capture of rolling mist. Antlerlike bare branches grouped in the foreground suggest a flock of deer.
Caspar David Friedrich (September 5, 1774 – May 7, 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich's paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs "the viewer's gaze towards their metaphysical dimension".