viernes, 1 de julio de 2016


Christa Zaat

Caspar David Friedrich (German painter) 1774 - 1840
Felsenschlucht (Schlucht im Elbsandsteingebirge) (Rocky Ravine), ca. 1824
oil on canvas
94 x 74 cm.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Friedrich's emotionally saturated imagery, the visual language of atmospheric and "ideal" painting alike, stood in blunt contradiction to the Realist tendencies emerging in Germany at that time, as seen above all in the work of the Düsseldorf School. Friedrich emphatically rejected pure fidelity to life, the mere imitation of what was perceived by the human eye. Only on a few occasions does Friedrich appear to have attempted a more realistic approach, as for example in the unusually dramatic Rocky Ravine. Untamed nature is here portrayed with a descriptive detail that betrays the influence of Friedrich's fellow artist Dahl, who had specialized in precisely such a style.

The sandstone formation in the background stands on the Neurathen the Elbsandsteingebirge mountains. The rocks are portrayed larger than in real life, and Friedrich has introduced a deep ravine beneath the tallest pinnacle.


Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation.[2] 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".

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JULIO 01, 2016.-

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