German. Romantic landscape painter, considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins.
romanticism; 1800-1850 (featuring eugène delacroix, john martin, hans gude, thomas couture, william turner, francesco hayez, frederic e. church, caspar d. friedrich)
the movement validated
strong emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as apprehension, horror and terror, and awe — especially that which is experienced in confronting the sublimity of untamed nature and its picturesque qualities, both new aesthetic categories.otes