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monk by the sea

Not part of the current Caspar David Friedrich exhibition, unfortunately, is 'Monk by the Sea'. One of Friedrich's most striking, almost Expressionistic (in 1809) evocations of the divine in nature, this is the painting of which Heinrich von Kleist remarked that "since in its monotony and boundlessness it has no foreground except the frame, when viewing it, it is as if one's eyelids had been cut away."

Weirdly, when googling this painting the image results give a whole palette of differently colored paintings: blue, green, grey, purple. As I've never seen the original (in Berlin), I really have no idea which image shows the 'real' painting.

I'm guessing it's blue/grey...

Monk by the Sea - Caspar David Friedrich

on a sailing ship

The Amsterdam Hermitage currently has a small exhibition of nine paintings and a number of drawings by German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich . Among his wild and Gothic landscapes with solitary figures contemplatively lost in … Read the full post »

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