Dear Art Lovers,

I’m starting a series of posts dedicated to the art I’ve been exploring in The Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, for the last couple of weeks. The Alte Nationalgalerie houses an impressive collection of 19th-century paintings, among which we find more than 15 canvases by Caspar David Friedrich, one of the leading figures of the German Romantic movement.

Caspar David Friedrich always wanted to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich sought not just to explore the blissful enjoyment of a beautiful view, as in the classic conception, but rather to examine an instant of sublimity, a reunion with the spiritual self through the contemplation of nature. He was one of the first artists to portray winter landscapes as solemn, stark, even dead. Friedrich’s life was marked with an overwhelming sense of melancholy, loneliness and spiritual uncertainty which is clearly apparent in his art full of gloomy motifs.

All the paintings featured above can be enjoyed in the permanent collection of The Alte Nationalgalerie. Make sure you don’t miss them whenever you’re in Berlin. Tschüß!

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