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Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer | © Wikicommons
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Caspar David Friedrich: The Romantic Pioneer

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Reece Choules
Updated: 17 May 2017
Considered by many as one of the most important German artists of his time, Caspar David Friedrich (1774 –1840) was a Romantic landscape painter whose influence has resonated throughout art history. Criticized during his life and misinterpreted throughout the 20th century, Freidrich’s work has only recently been truly appreciated. Culture Trip explores the work, life and influence of this iconic artist.

The 21st century has seen a revision of German culture. From the Gothic architecture of the Cologne Dom to the classical music of Wagner to the Romantic art of the 19th century, many aspects of Germany’s cultural heritage have been re-evaluated and reclaimed. The reasons for this are open to debate, whatever the case, the reputation of one artist in particular is reaping the benefits: Caspar David Friedrich, a visionary artist from Germany’s great Romantic period. Today he can be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Turner and Constable, but it wasn’t always the case for this taciturn man from the North.