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Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is heralded as the greatest painter of the Romantic movement in Germany, and Europe's first truly modern artist. His mysterious and melancholy landscapes, often peopled with lonely wanderers, are experiments in a radically subjective artistic perspective--one in which, as Freidrich wrote, the painter depicts not "what he sees before him, but what he sees within him." This vulnerability of the individual when confronted with nature became one of the key tenets of the Romantic aesthetic. Now available in a compact, accessible format, this beautifully illustrated book is the most comprehensive account ever published in English of one of the most fascinating and influential nineteenth-century painters. "This is a model of interpretative art history, taking in a good deal of German Romantic philosophy, but founded always on the immediate experience of the picture. . . . It is rare to find a scholar so obviously in sympathy with his subject."--"Independent"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780948462429
ISBN-10: 0948462426
Format: Paperback
(278mm x 208mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 17-Mar-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joseph Leo Koerner

Joseph Leo Koerner""is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. His books include "The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art" and "The""Reformation of the Image," copublished by Reaktion Books and the University of Chicago Press. In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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