Monday, 25 February 2013
Caspar David Friedrich painted this picture " Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer" (translates as "The Wanderer Over the Sea of Fog") in 1818. The postcard was sent to me from Germany.
It shows what looks like an aristocratic man dressed in a frock coat and wearing outdoor shoes, an unlikely hiker. He looks strong and dominant, tough, indestructible and eternal (according to a German schoolwork site). Friedrich frequently produced paintings where a human is shown almost dwarfed by a vast landscape. It is an interesting composition which has been repeatedly used in other settings. I like it very much.