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More Caspar David Friedrich

I took my Big Book of Caspar David Friedrich to La Push with me again on the latest trip. Friedrich, who lived from 1774 to 1840, continues to amaze me. He was capable of what look like fairly normal landscapes to my eyes (albeit with perhaps more of the canvas than usual dedicated to the sky), but many of his paintings are deeply weird. They have an uncanny feeling. If there are figures in the painting, he will typically show them from behind. He also loved the moon and the evening star. He did a series of paintings over the years showing people looking at the moon, and they are very odd. Johannes Grave, who wrote the Big Book I have, says that the people in these paintings are usually wearing clothes that were archaic even at the time. There's an Addams Family vibe to these paintings, particularly the third one.



Moonrise by the Sea 1821

Moonrise by the Sea 1822

Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon 1824

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