Amsterdam, Hermitage Museum


Caspar David Friedrich's romantic landscape paintings depicting verdant, rolling hills, trees, cascading waterfalls, castles, cows, and solitary figures looking out onto the horizon have become immensely popular. Interestingly, however, the German Master was viewed suspiciously in the Netherlands until around 1960, as the Dutch considered his work nationalistic. Indeed, he was a deeply devout Protestant, and his paintings allude to a divine presence in the landscape. Today, though, his work is regarded more universally as being about how humanity is dwarfed by the magnificence and hugeness of nature.

This exhibition is showcasing all the works by Friedrich (1774-1840) that belong to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. It marks the last exhibition at the Amsterdam museum's current address before it moves to the 10-times-bigger adjacent building next June. In addition to Friedrich's lush paintings and drawings, the show includes works by his contemporaries, predecessors and followers, including watercolors by Carl Fohr that have never been exhibited or published before.


September 20, 2008, through January 18, 2009
14 Nieuwe Herengracht
Amsterdam
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