Casper David Friedrich
German Romantic Painter, 1774-1840
"The Divine is everywhere, even a grain of sand."
What is Romanticism?
Romanticism might best be described as anticlassicism. A reaction against Neoclassicism, it is a deeply-felt style which is individualistic, exotic, beautiful and emotionally wrought.
Although Romanticism and Neoclassicism were philosophically opposed, they were the dominant European styles for generations, and many artists were affected to a lesser or greater degree by both.
In the North America, the leading Romantic movement was the Hudson River School of dramatic landscape painting artcyclopedia.com
Stripped to an essence, Friedrich's paintings are hypnotic and memorable, evoking powerful longing. The product of a singularly pious and sensitive personality, Friedrich's landscapes joined the writings of Goethe and Schiller,
Who Was Caspar David Friedrich?
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