10/3/08

Caspar David Friedrich, Wreck in the Moonlight


Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Date: c. 1835
Technique: Oil on canvas, 31.3 x 42.5 cm

Friedrich's last oil paintings such as the 'Wreck in the Moonlight' and 'The Riesengebirge' (both in the Nationalgalerie, Berlin), executed ca 1835 before he suffered a stroke on 26 June 1835 that left him partially paralyzed in the arms and legs, around 1835, condense motifs typical of Friedrich into definitive statements which etch themselves indelibly upon the memory with their inner grandeur, their solemnity and their formal sovereignty.

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