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Caspar David Friedrich Oil Painting Reproductions

Friedrich, Caspar David

A Walk at Dusk

Friedrich, Caspar David

Boats in the Harbour at Evening

Friedrich, Caspar David

Chalk Cliffs on Rugen

Friedrich, Caspar David

Dolmen in the Snow

Friedrich, Caspar David

Easter Morning

Friedrich, Caspar David

Evening

Friedrich, Caspar David

Evening Landscape with Two Men

Friedrich, Caspar David

Flat Countryside

Friedrich, Caspar David

Gazebo in Greifswald

Friedrich, Caspar David

Graveyard Under Snow

Friedrich, Caspar David

Greifswald in Moonlight

Friedrich, Caspar David

Hill and Ploughed Field Near Dresden

Friedrich, Caspar David

Hutten’s Tomb

Friedrich, Caspar David

Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon

Friedrich, Caspar David

Meadows Near Greifwald

Friedrich, Caspar David

Monk by the Sea

Friedrich, Caspar David

Moonrise by the Sea

Friedrich, Caspar David

Morning in the Riesengebirge

Friedrich, Caspar David

Mountain in Riesengebirge

Friedrich, Caspar David

Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds

Friedrich, Caspar David

Neubrandenburg

Friedrich, Caspar David

Northern Landscape, Spring

Friedrich, Caspar David

Northern Sea in the Moonlight

Friedrich, Caspar David

Oak Tree in Snow

Friedrich, Caspar David

On the Sailing Boat


Caspar David Friedrich Paintings

Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th century German romantic painter, considered by many critics to be one of the finest representatives of the movement. He studied at the Academy in Copenhagen (1794-98), and subsequently settled in Dresden, often traveling to other parts of Germany. Friedrich's landscapes are based entirely on those of northern Germany and are beautiful renderings of trees, hills, harbors, morning mists, and other light effects based on a close observation of nature.

Some of Friedrich's best-known paintings are expressions of a religious mysticism. In 1808 he exhibited one of his most controversial paintings, The Cross in the Mountains (Gemaldegalerie, Dresden), in which - for the first time in Christian art - an altarpiece was conceived in terms of a pure landscape. The cross, viewed obliquely from behind, is an insignificant element in the composition. More important are the dominant rays of the evening sun, which the artist said depicted the setting of the old, pre-Christian world. The mountain symbolizes an immovable faith, while the fir trees are an allegory of hope. Friedrich painted several other important compositions in which crosses dominate a landscape. Even some of Friedrich's apparently nonsymbolic paintings contain inner meanings, clues to which are provided either by the artist's writings or those of his literary friends. For example, a landscape showing a ruined abbey in the snow, Abbey under Oak Trees (1810; Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin), can be appreciated on one level as a bleak, winter scene, but the painter also intended the composition to represent both the church shaken by the Reformation and the transitoriness of earthly things.