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Carl Gustav Carus, Pilgrim in a Rocky Valley


Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Date: c. 1820
Technique: Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 cm

In this painting Carus adopted the view of a figure seen from behind which Friedrich had introduced; here he is hastening ahead of the viewer into the picture and anticipating his view.

In a Europe becoming remorselessly urban and industrial, the cloaked wanderer trudging away into high mountains with his pilgrim's staff, though painted in 1820, strikes a suitably symbolic farewell to the Romantic religion of nature.

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