Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Friedrich, Caspar David

Chalk Cliffs on Rügen
c. 1818
Oil on canvas
90.5 x 71 cm
Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur

Friedrich, Caspar David (1774 - 1840)
The greatest German Romantic painter and one of the most original geniuses in the history of landscape painting.

He was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation.
Friedrich's landscapes exercised a strong influence on the work of German artist Max Ernst, and as a result other Surrealists came to view Friedrich as a precursor to their movement.