Caspar David Friedrich Art for a New Age

Markus Bertsch, Johannes Graves

Published to mark the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich's birth, the most thorough Friedrich retrospective in many years.

Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) is renowned as the Romantic painter par excellence, his works icons of an age of major social upheaval. His landscape paintings and drawings broke with traditional patterns of representation and paved new ways of both experiencing and reflecting on the ambivalent relationship between humankind and nature.

Accompanying the most comprehensive Friedrich retrospective in many years, this catalogue reexamines the artist’s groundbreaking work in light of the current climate crisis and postcolonial reflection. It centers on more than sixty paintings and about one hundred drawings. Selected works by Friedrich’s contemporaries, notably August Heinrich, Georg Friedrich Kersting, Ernst Ferdinand Oehme, and Johann Alexander Thiele are also featured.

The second part of Caspar David Friedrich focuses on the contemporary reception of his work. In contributions ranging from video and photography to installations, some twenty artists working across a variety of genres and media explore the Romantic era, its attitude to nature, and the art of Friedrich. The participants include Alex Grein, Swaantje Güntzel, Jochen Hein, Johanna Karlsson, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Loudmila Milanova, Mariele Neudecker, Ulrike Rosenbach, Susan Schuppli, Santeri Tuori, and Kehinde Wiley.


Markus Bertsch

Edited By

Markus Bertsch is head of collection, nineteenth century, at Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Johannes Graves

Edited By

Johannes Grave is professor of modern art history with a focus on European Romanticism at the University of Jena. He was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis in 2020 for his research on art in the early 1800s, early Renaissance painting, and picture theory.