Riesengebirge (1835) by Caspar David Friedrich

Riesengebirge - Caspar David Friedrich - c.1830 - c.1835

Artwork Information

ArtistCaspar David Friedrich
Datec.1830 - c.1835
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions29 x 40 in. (73.5 x 102.5 cm)
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationAlte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
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About Riesengebirge

Riesengebirge is an oil painting on canvas by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich, believed to have been created between 1830-1835. The painting features the mountain range of Riesengebirge – located on the present-day border of Czech Republic and Poland. This work of art is one of several prominent works by Friedrich, including Two Men Contemplating the Moon and New Moon above the Riesengebirge Mountains.

The painting was created based on Friedrich’s hike in the area in 1810. It portrays a beautiful landscape with high, rocky mountains surrounded by clouds and mist under a blue sky. The use of light and shadow creates depth and contrast in the image, which draws attention to different parts of the scenery.

Having been painted during a period where artists were becoming increasingly interested in nature, Riesengebirge offers viewers more than just a breathtaking scene; it also reflects Romanticism’s focus on emotion and individuality. In this piece, Friedrich masters his signature connections between people’s emotions with nature; he shows not only human presence but how nature can be understood through personal experiences.

Overall, Riesengebirge is considered one of Friedrich’s most successful efforts because it embodies many features frequently present in his works such as connection between man and nature – conveying quiet peace while simultaneously stirring up powerful emotions within its viewers. Today, it rests among prestigious works at Alte Nationalgalerie museum in Berlin for all to appreciate its beautiful details for generations to come.

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