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Moonrise on the Seashore, 1821

Oil on canvas
53 1/10 × 66 9/10 in
135 × 170 cm
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ELC
Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Painting
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Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY
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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About the work
ELC
Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
Medium
Painting
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Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY
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.”

Moonrise on the Seashore, 1821

Oil on canvas
53 1/10 × 66 9/10 in
135 × 170 cm
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