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Caspar David Friedrich and the subject of landscape

Caspar David Friedrich and the subject of landscape

Koerner, Joseph Leo

Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), the greatest painter of the Romantic movement in Germany, was perhaps Europe's first truly modern artist. Here, Joseph Leo Koerner analyses Friedrich's art as it emerges out of - and partly reorientates - a subjectivist aesthetic. Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is heralded as the greatest painter of the Romantic movement in Germany, and Europe's first truly modern artist. His mysterious and melancholy landscapes, often peopled with lonely wanderers, are experiments in a radically subjective artistic perspective-one in which, as Freidrich wrote, the painter depicts not "what he sees before him, but what he sees within him." This vulnerability of the individual when confronted with nature became one of the key tenets of the Romantic aesthetic. Now available in a compact, accessible format, this beautifully illustrated book is the most comprehensive account ever published in English of one of the most fascinating and influential nineteenth-century painters. "This is a model of interpretative art history, taking in a good deal of German Romantic philosophy, but founded always on the immediate experience of the picture. . . . It is rare to find a scholar so obviously in sympathy with his subject."-Independent

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2nd ed.
Published London: Reaktion, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Joseph Leo Koerner
ISBN: 1861897502, 9781861897503
Note: Previous ed.: 1990.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 327 p. : ill. (some col.)
Subject: Art and Design; Friedrich, Caspar David, 1774-1840 Criticism and interpretation.; Painting & paintings; Romanticism in art Germany.; Europe; Landscape in art.; History of art; Renaissance style; Individual artists, art monographs
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781861894397