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Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape

4.61  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Caspar David Friedrich (1774Independent
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 27th 1995 by Yale University Press (first published November 28th 1990)
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AC
Jul 12, 2011 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not flawless, but it is very good. It contains, as the GR friend who tipped me off to this has said - one of the best discussions of Romanticism you might ever find.

But I found myself having to skip certain sections - partially, some of it was more detailed than I needed, dealing with particulars that I found not very interesting - for example, some of the painting analysis, which wasn't really formal as…. well….,

if I'm reading a book about a late 18th/early 19th cen. landscapist,
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Jim Coughenour
Isaiah Berlin, in his Mellon Lectures on The Roots of Romanticism, said that Romanticism "seems to me to be the greatest single shift in the consciousness of the West that has occurred," influencing every major "shift" of the two centuries that followed. Such a remark is merely eye-glazing unless it's given substance and depth, and this is exactly what Koerner accomplishes in his remarkable book on the German painter Caspar David Friedrich. It's the best book I've read on Romanticism since M. H. ...more
Victoria
This exciting, wonderful work, in the bibliography of Gabriel Josipovici's What Ever Happened to Modernism?, caught my attention as I've long admired Caspar David Friedrich without figuring out why and was curious about his relationship to modernism. Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape demonstrates how these seemingly straightforward paintings, sometimes of disturbingly simple subjects, embody the human struggle with art itself. Along the way one learns enough of Friedrich's life ...more
Eric Aguirre
Jan 09, 2017 Eric Aguirre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, academic-texts
Me encanta todo lo que tiene que ver con el arte del periodo romántico. Caspar David Friedrich era un pintor de paisajes, pero sus paisajes no eran solamente paisajes, sino que eran la representación de un mundo complejo interior. Este libro divide la obra del pintor alemán en diferentes secciones y nos muestra la evolución y al mismo tiempo lo repetitiva que fue su obra. Esa repetición esta basada en un sistema de creencias y valores que tenía el artista. Es un pintor de las ideas, del culto y ...more
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