Sunday, November 23, 2008

Abbey graveyard in the snow

Continuing the winter theme. Although my taste in painters in general focuses on impressionism and expressionism, there are some artists and works from before those periods that I really appreciate. Amongst them are the romantic landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), and this is perhaps the finest example of a romantic winter painting. The Abbey graveyard in the snow dates back to 1819, and this magnificent work was unfortunately destroyed near the end of World War 2. More on Friedrich in the wikipedia article linked to below.