woman before the setting sun

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A Game of Caspar David Friedrich

While you may not recognize his name, if you’re a reader of classic Romantic and Gothic literature, you undoubtedly recognize his paintings. German painter Caspar David Friedrich’s gorgeous and evocative landscapes seem custom made for book covers. Case in point, the seven paintings on the left are currently being used, or have previously been used, as cover art. Click on the picture to discover in the caption which book uses that painting for its cover.

  • Portrait of the artist, c. 1810–20
  • The Wanderer above the Mists
  • Chalk Cliffs on Rügen
  • Woman at a Window
  • Woman before the Rising Sun (Woman before the Setting Sun)
  • Moonrise Over the Sea
  • Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon
  • The Abbey in the Oakwood