Friedrich

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Phaidon, Nov 1, 2004 - Art - 351 pages
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Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) was the pre-eminent artist of the German Romantic movement of the early nineteenth century. William Vaughan analyses the mysterious landscapes paintings with gothic ruins and silhouetted figures to reveal how the artist was influenced by the philosophical ideas and political events of his time. Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is now recognized as a leading artist of the German Romantic movement of the early nineteenth century. He is known as the painter of images of a strange and compelling beauty; mysterious landscapes with barren trees, figures silhouetted against the evening sky, and gothic ruins in wintry mists. The meaning of these pictures has long been disputed, but William Vaughan argues that Friedrich's aim was to convey the spiritual experience of life.

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Contents

Introduction
1773
Dresden and the Romantics First Steps in a Career 35
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Becoming Friedrich The Achievement of Celebrity
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Vaughn is Pevsner Professor of History of Art at the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birbeck College.

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