Sunday, 6 December 2009

Caspar David Friedrich

Now I'm not one for German Romanticism, god forbid . . give me a great big slab of modern painting any day, Rauschenberg in particular, but the two paintings above have always been a kind of touchstone for me. The first . . The Abbey in the Oakwood was painted in Dresden in 1810, and in many ways visually predicts the terrible fate of that city in World War 2. Look at photographs after the bombing and see what I mean, I include one here above, but there are many more.
The second, The Monk by the Sea, is just simple and calming, and offers a certain solace to all who see it.

Find them in the National gallery in Berlin.

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