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The solitude of man and the bleak beauty of nature are prominent themes in the work of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), the great romantic painter whose importance and influence have often been underestimated.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Taschen (first published January 1st 2003)
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I bought this the weekend before last at the National Gallery. This book is a wonderful collection of his works. The painting are reproduced in large size and good quality and I found it easy to loose myself in them. Some of the juxtapositions of the paintings together on a page were really striking. However, I can't give the book 5 stars cause I found the text terrible. I admit I can't stand art history and art criticism. I was interested in the biographical details of Fredrich's life but the i ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Not a huge book (96 pages) but the quality of the art will
take your breath away - just indescribable. Like Turner,
Friedrich's scope and vision seemed to expand in his later
years. "The Sea of Ice" (1824) is just that but it's real,
it's like you are there. "Hutton's Tomb" (1823) with it's
blending of evening shadows and lowering light, "Chalk Cliffs
on Rugen" (1818) his most famous painting as a couple look
down on the magnificent white mass of cliffs out to sea. "The
Monk on the Sea" (1810) reminds
Michal Siwiec
Jan 13, 2014 Michal Siwiec rated it really liked it
Really nice. Love Friedrich's paintings. Bear in mind, this one is in German. However, it reads quickly, as only 100 pages. Half of the book are painting reproductions, which is perfect. Many are full two pages. Besides, you can get them on really cheap. Recommended.
Aug 12, 2009 Sara rated it did not like it
Shelves: painting-drawing
This was so DRY! Probably the first time anything by Taschen bored me to tears. I have so many from this series and none of them lacked this much personality. Friedrich's paintings, however, are still wonderful.
Jul 04, 2007 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
I love Caspar's paintings, but the book was slightly not that great.
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