“The ruins of the Oibin Monastery (Dreamer),” Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting

“The ruins of the Oibin Monastery (Dreamer),” Caspar David Friedrich – overview of the painting
“The ruins of the Oibin Monastery (Dreamer),” Caspar David Friedrich - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Caspar David Friedrich
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: After 1835

Overview of the painting :

The ruins of the Oibin Monastery (Dreamer) – Caspar David Friedrich. After 1835. Oil on canvas. 27 x 21

   The great German artist Caspar David Friedrich is one of the best representatives of the romantic direction in painting. In his paintings, he addressed the problem of tragic loneliness and human loss in a vast world. The artist continues this topic in the chamber canvas “Dreamer”.

   His thoughtful hero, sitting on the basis of the window of the Gothic ruins, once a beautiful cathedral, is immersed in himself, he is overcome by thoughts about the past and present, about the mysterious future of his destiny. An unnamed dreamer is a kind of double of the viewer, to whom Frederick offers to mentally take his place. For a painter, nature is sacred, which he understands as a bearer of deep religious experiences; in his paintings she acquires symbolic significance, through her he displays his deep emotional experiences. Unrecognized during his lifetime, he influenced the movement of English pre-rafaelites. Glory came to Frederick at the end of the 19th century with the emergence of symbolism.