Holly Lindquist's Reviews > Caspar David Friedrich: German Master of the Romantic Landscape--His Life in Paintings

Caspar David Friedrich by Caspar David Friedrich
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Mar 05, 10

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C. D. Friedrich was a landscape artist who specialized in gloom-shrouded forests, mysterious ruins, lonely graves in the wilderness, moonlight, and ethereal cloudscapes. Also, the man could paint an oak tree like nobody's business. His human figures are anonymous worshipers dwarfed by the cathedral of creation (The Monk on the Seashore is a perfect example of this.) I wish we had more of his work (some of it was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden). Anyway, this little book makes for a decent introduction. As usual with DK, the format is engaging and informative, and helpful sidenotes are provided on contemporary artists and important events of the period.
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