Caspar David Friedrich: Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

Caspar David Friedrich: Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

12/31/2021, 11:05:49 AM
Caspar David Friedrich: Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, 1818, Oil on canvas, 98.4 cm × 74.8 cm (37.3 in × 29.4 in), Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany Our last painting of the year is by Caspar David Friedrich. 🎆🎇🎉😊🎈🎊🎆🙌🎨🎈🎆🎉🎼 May this New Year brings everyone a happy, healthy and peace filled life. 🎈 🎊🎆🎇🎉🎭🎨🙌😊🎆🎇🎉 'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog' is true to the Romantic style and Friedrich's style in particular, being similar to other works such as 'Chalk Cliffs on Rügen'. In the foreground, a young man stands upon a rocky precipice with his back to the viewer. He is wrapped in a dark green overcoat, and grips a walking stick in his right hand. His hair caught in a wind, the wanderer gazes out on a landscape covered in a thick sea of fog. In the middle ground, several other ridges, perhaps not unlike the ones the wanderer himself stands upon, jut out from the mass. Through the wreaths of fog, forests of trees can be perceived atop these escarpments. In the far distance, faded mountains rise in the left, gently leveling off into lowland plains in the east. Beyond here, the pervading fog stretches out indefinitely, eventually commingling with the horizon and becoming indistinguishable from the cloud-filled sky. The painting is composed of various elements from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony and Bohemia, sketched in the field but in accordance with his usual practice, rearranged by Friedrich himself in the studio for the painting.

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