Caspar David Friedrich (September 5, 1774 – May 7, 1840) 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"
This exhibition, comprising over two hundred works, offers a reflection on the main themes that structured German thinking from 1800 to 1939.
The exhibit The Foundation of the Albertina - From Dürer to Napoleon for the first time shows around 200 top-class masterpieces from the collection...
A Dialogue with Nature explores aspects of Romantic landscape drawing in Britain and Germany.
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