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Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape / Edition 2

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Overview

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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The Burlington Magazine
"Provides insights not only into the nature of Friedrich's art, but also into the whole predicament of art in the early nineteenth century . . . It is a book that should be read by all who have an interest in the art of the period."--The Burlington Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861894397
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,245,079
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

PART I

Romanticizing the World

1 From the Dresden Heath

2 The Subject of Landscape

3 Romanticism

 

PART II

Art as Religion

4 The Non-Contemporaneity of the Contemporary

5 Sentimentalism

6 Friedrich’s System

7 Symbol and Allegory

8 The End of Iconography

 

PART III

The Halted Traveller

9 Entering the Wood

10 Theomimesis

11 Reflection

12 Déjà vu

 

Afterword

 

Sources and Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Index

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