Caspar David Friedrich

German, 1774–1840

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Caspar David Friedrich

German, 1774–1840

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A leading painter of German Romanticism, Caspar David Friedrich is best known for his allegorical landscapes that portray figures, often with their backs turned toward the viewer, contemplating the expanse of nature, as well as ruins silhouetted against dusky skies, such as in The Abbey In the Oakwood (1808-1810). Although his landscapes were based on detailed nature studies, they are imaginary. As Friedrich himself said, “the artist should paint not only what he sees before him, but also what he sees within him.”

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Hamburger Bahnhof, and 1 more
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Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
Biography

A leading painter of German Romanticism, Caspar David Friedrich is best known for his allegorical landscapes that portray figures, often with their backs turned toward the viewer, contemplating the expanse of nature, as well as ruins silhouetted against dusky skies, such as in The Abbey In the Oakwood (1808-1810). Although his landscapes were based on detailed nature studies, they are imaginary. As Friedrich himself said, “the artist should paint not only what he sees before him, but also what he sees within him.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hamburger Bahnhof, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Caspar David Friedrich
The Mysterious Appeal of Art That Depicts Figures from Behind
Apr 23rd, 2020
Unraveling the Mysteries behind Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer”
Aug 6th, 2018
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Sep 22nd, 2015
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