Eastern Coast of Rügen Island with Shepherd

Caspar David Friedrich German

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Before he took up painting in 1807, Caspar David Friedrich had already created some of the most fascinating landscape drawings of his time. This exceptionally large sheet from about 1805-6 is based on sketches made on the island of Rügen, in the Baltic Sea, not far from the artist’s birthplace. The austere island inspired some of Friedrich’s greatest works, in which he combined a close observation of nature with a pervasive romanticism. A solitary human figure contemplating the expanse of nature would be a recurring theme in his oeuvre.

Eastern Coast of Rügen Island with Shepherd, Caspar David Friedrich (German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden), Pen and sepia-colored ink and brush with sepia-colored wash, with white gouache and pencil, on off-white wove paper

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