Caspar David Friedrich was key member of the Romantic Movement in Germany and forever altered landscape painting to include an intense emotional view. David, as many of the Romantic artists did, diminished man in the larger scale of life showing him in vast wilderness spaces. He took what others saw as land and scenery and imparted on them sweeping themes and overwhelming emotion. His canvases draw the viewer into them, this is a dialogue that David uses the landscape for. Often allegorical in nature his work lent itself to spiritual inquires from the artist.
The greatness of David's works was overlooked at times in his life and after losing patronage he became, some say, obsessed with death and the afterlife. These years lead to his 'cemetery' paintings, dark and mournful landscapes. The French sculptor David d'Angers said of David he as "discovered the tragedy of landscape". While sometimes compared to epic landscape painters such as J. M.W. Turner and John Constable our interest in David is his darker themed works created with his unique and exceptional skill.
"close your bodily eye so that you may see your picture first with the spiritual eye. Then bring to the light of day that which you have seen in the darkness so that it may react upon others from the outside inwards." -Caspar David Friedrich
View more on Caspar David Friedrich here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar_David_Friedrich and http://www.wikiart.org/en/caspar-david-friedrich/
The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia has over a dozen of Friedrich's strongest works http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/
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