“Morning in the Mountains,” Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting

“Morning in the Mountains,” Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting
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    • Posted by Caspar David Friedrich
    • Museum: Hermitage
    • Year: 1822-1823

Overview of the painting :

Morning in the mountains – Caspar David Friedrich. 1822-1823. Oil on canvas. 137 x 170 cm

Undoubtedly, romantic artists brought even more beauty, emotions, freedom and feelings into painting. This can be seen by looking at the picture of a German artist, the brightest representative of the romantic direction, Caspar David Friedrich “Morning in the Mountains.”.

The painter transfers the viewer to a certain nominal high point, from where amazing views of the mountain peaks open. The sloping peaks of the mountains like sea waves frozen in time are covered with soft clouds of predawn thick fog. Frederick retains the realism of time and place. That is how a person in a fog should feel – at the feet of his fog is just not visible, and you need to look a little further to notice this atmospheric phenomenon. Moreover, the master very believable depicted fog in the mountains – as if from the gentle edges he rolls down, filling the entire space at the foot.

The unstable moment is reproduced on the canvas – the sun is about to rise, and you can notice the reflection of its rays at the horizon beyond the central mountain peak. The sky with its finest transitions from blue to white, fucking, golden and pink makes us remember the impressionists. Of course, romantics anticipated the work of artists “impressions.”.

You may notice that the picture lacks the usual hero standing with his back (a leitmotive technique at Caspar David Friedrich). The author intentionally refuses him, giving us more “independence.”. The viewer is not constrained by the image of the hero – he is excited, philosophically inclined, focused or peaceful. Now the viewer himself, no matter what he is, can be transported to the top of the mountains to enjoy predawn grace.

The narrative of the picture is achieved by filigree color – there is no dynamic plot, clinginging contrast elements, unexpected turns, but smooth transitions of colors designed to draw an image make you look at the picture carefully and slowly. A significant amount of time can be stood behind this work.

For the Russian audience, the magic picture of Caspar Friedrich is more than available – it can be seen in the Hermitage, where the canvas is exhibited in the hall dedicated to German art. She fell into one of the main museums of the country from Pavlovsk, where she was stored in storerooms during the Great Patriotic War.