Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (c. 1818) by Caspar David Friedrich

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog - Caspar David Friedrich - 1818

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TitleWanderer Above the Sea of Fog
ArtistCaspar David Friedrich
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions94.8 x 74.8 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationKunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Location Created Germany

About Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog

The artwork “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog,” created by the artist Caspar David Friedrich in the year 1818, is a striking allegorical painting from the Romanticism period. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures approximately 94.8 by 74.8 centimeters. Currently, it can be viewed at the Kunsthalle Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. The artwork was created in Germany and embodies the characteristics of its art movement by expressing strong emotions and the sublime beauty of nature.

The artwork presents a solitary figure standing atop a rugged peak, gazing out over a vast expanse of fog-shrouded landscape. The wanderer is seen from behind, cloaked in a dark green coat, with reddish-blonde hair touched by the light. He leans slightly on a walking stick, suggesting he has journeyed to this precipice, where he now contemplates the scene before him. The composition draws the viewer’s eye from the rocky outcropping upon which the wanderer stands through the swirling fog and towards the distant mountains that fade into the horizon.

Through this solemn scene, Friedrich captures a moment of introspective solitude, where man is at once small in comparison to the grandeur of nature, yet stands as its contemplative observer. The ambiguous expanse of fog can be seen as a metaphor for the unknown, with the figure symbolizing humankind’s quest for understanding and transcendence amidst the natural world’s mysteries. This painting is thus emblematic of the Romanticism movement’s emphasis on emotional depth, sublime beauty, and personal experience within the landscape.

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