Caspar David Friedrich

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"A painting must stand as a painting, made by human hand,” wrote Caspar David Friedrich, "not seek to disguise itself as Nature.” One of his generation’s most popular painters, Friedrich imagined landscapes of powerful beauty and spirituality from within the confines of his studios. This breathtaking monograph, filled with glorious reproductions and details of his paintings, argues for Friedrich’s reputation as a sublime artist and interpreter of nature. In his thoughtful and well-researched commentary, author Johannes Grave explores Friedrich’s approach to landscape painting as well as his revolutionary thoughts about how these paintings should be received by their viewers. Looking closely at pieces such as Monk by the Sea, Abbey in the Oakwood, and the Tetschener Altar, Grave shows how Friedrich developed an innovative approach to landscape painting, one that communicated a new sense of space and time, and which draws the viewer into a unique aesthetic experience. Highly readable, insightful, and copiously illustrated, this compelling book sheds crucial light on Friedrich’s celebrated body of work.

»the most handsome large-format art book around«

The Guardian

Hardcover, 288 pages, 25,5x30, 225 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7913-8357-6
Published:
US November 07, 2017
UK August 15, 2017
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Biography

Johannes Grave

Johannes Grave is a professor of art history at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He has published works on the painting of the early Renaissance and Giovanni Bellini.

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“Luxuriant.”

The Huffington Post

»Caspar David Friedrich ... conveys a fuller sense of Friedrich’s enigmatic, landscape-centered art than any single museum or exhibition could possibly provide.«

The New York Times

»a big, impressive volume with wonderful reproductions«

The Times

»[Friedrich’s] haunting and mysterious canvases are beautifully reproduced by Prestel in Caspar David Friedrich.«

Publishers Weekly

»gorgeous images and a wealth of information«

The Royal Academy Magazine

»a magnificent and uniquely detailed overview«

The New Statesman

»a must, smartly organised and opulently illustrated.«

Art Quarterly

»This magnificent visual record of the work of the German artist, who was virtually unknown before the 1960s, is matched by its scholarly text.«

The Art Newspaper

“The sumptuously illustrated Caspar David Friedrich…is a good guide to one of the major artists of the Romantic era.”

Tulsa World

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