The Monk By The Sea
Location: Alte Nationalgalerie
Dimensions: 3' 7" x 5' 8" (1.10 m x 1.72 m)
Created: 1808–1810 | Media: Oil paint
Sea Shore in Moonlight (Küste bei Mondschein)
Location: Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Dimensions: 134 × 169 cm.
Created: 1835–36. | Media: Oil paint.
Moonrise Over the Sea (Mondaufgang am Meer)
Location: Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
Dimensions: 55 × 71 cm.
Created: 1822 | Media: Oil paint
The Stages of Life (Die Lebensstufen)
Location: Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig
Dimensions: 72.5 cm × 94 cm (28.5 in × 37 in)
Created: 1835 | Media: Oil Paint
Caspar David Friedrich was born in Greifswald, Swedish Pomerania, on the Baltic Sea. He was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. Friedrich is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich's paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs "the viewer's gaze towards their metaphysical dimension."