Caspar David Friedrich (September 5, 1774 - May 7, 1840) was a landscape painter of the nineteenth-century German Romantic movement, of which he is now considered the most important painter. A painter and draughtsman, Friedrich is best known for his later allegorical landscapes, which feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees, and Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey the spiritual experiences of life.

Friedrich was born in Greifswald in northern Germany in 1774. He studied in Copenhagen until 1798 before settling in Dresden. He came of age during a period when, across Europe, a growing disillusionment with an over-materialistic society led to a new appreciation for spiritualism. This was often expressed through a reevaluation of the natural world, as artists such as Friedrich, J. M. W. Turner and John Constable sought to depict nature as a "divine creation, to be set against the artifice of human civilization".

Although Friedrich was renowned during his lifetime, his work fell from favour during the second half of the nineteenth century. As Germany moved towards modernisation, a new urgency was brought to its art, and Friedrich's contemplative depictions of stillness were seen as the products of a bygone age. His rediscovery began in 1906 when an exhibition of 32 of his paintings and sculptures was held in Berlin. During the 1920s his work was appreciated by the Expressionists, and in the 1930s and 1940s, the Surrealists and Existentialists frequently drew on his work. Today he is seen as an icon of the German Romantic movement, and a painter of international importance.

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Wreck in the Sea of Ice 1798 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Wreck in the Sea of Ice 1798
Allegory of Profane Music - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Allegory of Profane Music
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
On the Sailing Boat c. 1819 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
On the Sailing Boat c. 1819
Winter Landscape (3) 1811 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Winter Landscape (3) 1811
Seashore with Shipwreck by Moonlight - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Seashore with Shipwreck by Moonlight
The Sisters on the Balcony c. 1820 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
The Sisters on the Balcony c. 1820
Morning in the Riesengebirge 1810-11 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Morning in the Riesengebirge 1810-11
Capuchin Friar By The Sea - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Capuchin Friar By The Sea
Drifting Clouds c. 1820 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Drifting Clouds c. 1820
Evening Landscape with Two Men 1830-35 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Evening Landscape with Two Men 1830-35
Bohemian Landscape with Mount Milleschauer 1808 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Bohemian Landscape with Mount Milleschauer 1808
Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds
The Dreamer - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
The Dreamer
Landscape With Solitary Tree - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Landscape With Solitary Tree
View of the Baltic 1820-25 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
View of the Baltic 1820-25
Boats in the Harbour at Evening c. 1828 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Boats in the Harbour at Evening c. 1828
Woman with Candlestick - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Woman with Candlestick
Hill and Ploughed Field near Dresden - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Hill and Ploughed Field near Dresden
Cape Arkona - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Cape Arkona
Cemetery At Dusk - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Cemetery At Dusk
Mountain Landscape with Rainbow - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Mountain Landscape with Rainbow
Morning - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Morning
Morning in the Mountains 1822-23 - Caspar David Friedrich - www.caspardavidfriedrich.org
Morning in the Mountains 1822-23

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