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Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), Germany's greatest Romantic painter, is acclaimed for his hauntingly evocative landscapes—the Baltic shore at twilight, the mountains of the Riesengebirge at dawn, the harbor of his native Stralsund at midnight. The combined loan of nine paintings, ten watercolors, and one drawing by Friedrich from the State Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, to The Art Institute of Chicago and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was the first exhibition of Friedrich's work in the United States and a landmark event. Friedrich's paintings and drawings in the Soviet Union, acquired during the artist's lifetime for the Russian imperial family, form the only major collection of the painter's work outside Germany. The first Russian purchase took place in 1820, when the future Czar Nicholas I visited Friedrich's studio in Dresden.
Robert Rosenblum, Henry Ittleson, Jr., Professor of Modern European Art at New York University, in an astute introduction to the catalogue, charts the artist's international rediscovery during the last two decades and places Friedrich in a broad cultural context. Boris I. Asvarishch, Curator of European Paintings at the Hermitage Museum, recounts in his catalogue essay the fascinating story of the acquisition of Friedrich's work by the imperial family, whose contact with the artist lasted until Friedrich's death in 1840. Sabine Rewald's informative contributions shed new light on Friedrich's works and are augmented by comparative photographs and by bibliography and exhibition histories. Rewald is Associate Curator in the Department of Twentieth-Century Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. [This book was originally published in 1990 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]
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Essays by Robert Rosenblum and Boris I. Asvarishch pls check spelling. aa/spelling is fine/pk , edited by Sabine Rewald. Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Institute of Chicago (Abrams, dist.), $22.50 ISBN 0-8109-6402-3 Published in conjunction with the first U.S. exhibition devoted to Friedrich's pk oeuvre, this lovely, compact volume chronicles the German Romantic painter's quiet, contemplative existence, and it includes a catalogue of the 20 works in the show. All but one belonged to Russia's imperial family and eventually were acquired by the Hermitage and Pushkin museums. Friedrich was primarily a landscape painter who, in his own words, "aspired to noble truth in his communication of unattainable nature." A characteristic Friedrich painting places one or more spectators in the midst of a natural scene ( Moonrise by the Sea, for example), the beauty of the ocean or mountains signifying a transcendent reality in all its mysterious, mystical splendor. Probably the most affecting is On the Sailboat, in which a couple, possibly the painter and his wife, gaze upon the majesty of an approaching city, perhaps representing the setting of their sacred life together through eternity. Rosenblum is co-author of Nineteenth-Century Art; Asvarishch is curator of European paintings at the Hermitage;this should be semicolon/pk and Rewald is associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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