Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich
This is one of my favorite paintings.
Every time when I look at this painting, I feel trapped behind an invisible sphere of me and this lay figure seen from behind (Friedrich himself).
It is almost like you are becoming one, seeing the world trough the lens of the artist’s personal perception. A heavy fog lingers before him, alive to the divine glories of nature that open up right in front of your eyes.
His gaze from afar gives a sublime rapture to the watcher, yet this sight remains an unknowable mystery to him, shrouded in fog.
Caspar David Freidrich was a master in his ability to transform a landscape into a personal and spiritual chronicle, a difficult task for many painters.
Cairn in Snow (German: Hünengrab im Schnee) is a landscape painting by Caspar David Friedrich. It was created in 1807. The painting is a Romantic allegorical landscape, showing a pagan burial site between three oaks, near the town Gützkow in Germany. The painter depicts barren trees in the snow, giving the work a haunted, spectral air. The painting with its contemplative melancholy mood is transmitting to us a Romantic view of nature. Trees and forests were seen as symbols of life endurance, longevity and immortality. Sacred groves, often a group of trees in ancient times were associated with secrecy and initiation rites, and they were regarded as untouchable. However, the trees depicted by Friedrich looks abandoned and most of the branches chopped off.
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog - Caspar David Friedrich (1818)
Referred to as a prime exemplar of Romanticism by middle-school teachers across the world, Friedrich depicts an underdressed man during his mountaineering escapades who, despite being turned away from the viewer, seems to be feeling worry or dread while observing the creeping fog. It should be noted that in Enlightenment-era Prussia fog was the number four killer - behind suicide, automobile accidents and timberwolf attacks. But what about the further depth in the piece ?