“Entrance to the Cemetery,” Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting
- Posted by Caspar David Friedrich
- Museum: Dresden Gallery
- Year: 1825
Overview of the painting :
The entrance to the cemetery is Caspar David Friedrich. 1825. Oil on canvas. 143 x 110
Since the mid-1820s, the artist lived closed and lonely, in essence, long before his death, he was forgotten by the audience. Only at the beginning of the twentieth century was the master appreciated.
In his late work, the motive of the cemetery begins to play an important role. The presented canvas was started in 1825, but remained unfinished. The majestic gates depicted on it are a picturesque reminiscent of the gates of the Dresden Trinity cemetery.
The image of the cemetery – one of the richest in psychological terms – causes many associations and makes you think. In the context of a romantic culture, he primarily gives rise to thoughts and a sense of melancholy, a nascent longing, bitter awareness of the brandy of the whole earth. Frederick (1774-1840) strengthens these moods by also portraying an already abandoned, forgotten cemetery by all. This kind was given to him by the imagination of the artist, who will subsequently be buried here. As always in romantic art, the nature of the Pasmoor, even when the sky is cloudless, as in this case, the lighting is some kind of ominous, infernal, oppressive gloomy feelings.