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Caspar David Friedrich (German painter) 1774 - 1840
Das Friedhofstor (Der Friedhof) (The Cemetery Gate (The Churchyard)), 1825-30
aka Der Friedhof zu Preißnitz bei Dresden (Priessnitz Churchyard near Dresden)
oil on canvas
31 x 25.2 cm. 
Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany

A symbolic and heavy sadness lies over this painting. At an exhibition mounted by the Bremer Kunst-Verein in 1833, the painting bore the title Priessnitz Churchyard near Dresden. Friedrich and Dahl are known to have made drawings of this cemetery in 1824.

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Caspar David Friedrich 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".

Christa Zaat

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