“A tree with ravens; a grave mound by the Baltic Sea and the island of Rügen, ”Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting

“A tree with ravens; a grave mound by the Baltic Sea and the island of Rügen, ”Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting
“A tree with ravens; a grave mound by the Baltic Sea and the island of Rügen, ”Caspar David Friedrich - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Caspar David Friedrich
    • Museum: Louvre
    • Year: 1822

Overview of the painting :

Tree with ravens; a grave mound by the Baltic Sea and the island of Rügen in the distance – Caspar David Friedrich. 1822. Oil on canvas. 59 x 73

In the landscapes of the German romance of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), a realistically written nature is always immeasurably larger than just an image of a landscape. She is perceived by the artist as a wonderful manifestation of the mystery of the universe. The landscapes of Frederick reflect a mystical understanding of reality. Nature is a symbol of human life and death.

This is a canvas – a picturesque element of a master who reflects on the speed of time and the brevity of life. Everything is symbolic here and indicates dying. An old drying tree with broken clumsy and leafless branches is a symbol of a stopped life; a crumbling raven – usually flying over a carrion; an ancient grave mound is the last refuge on the seashore.