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    The German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, b. Sept. 5, 1774, d. May 7, 1840, was one of the greatest exponents in European art of the symbolic landscape.

    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 with 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.
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    Post Wanderer Above The Sea of Fog

    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
    the joy of Spring was never mine;
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    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    Post The Tree of Crows

    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
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    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    I like his style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocreator
    I like his style.
    I agree. It is not often that a work of art moves me but these are quite spectacular.They are very atmospheric.

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    CDF is my favorite artist. I really get moved by the "dreariness" of his paintings. He is very underrated, if you ask me.

    Click below for many more of his paintings:

    http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?aid=179

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    Exquisite! His landscapes really make me envy those of you are in our ancestral homelands of Mother Europe.
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    What about his picture of the grave of Ulrich von Hutten, one of the Imperial Knights who raised the flag of Protestantism in the Knights' War in the 1520s against the Habsburg Karl V?
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    Post Caspar David Friedrich, 1774-1840

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