Caspar David Friedrich and the Düsseldorf Romanticists

In his lifetime, Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) had an ambivalent relationship with the representatives of Düsseldorf landscape painting.

15.10. - 7.2.2021

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Their artistic exchange was characterised by discrepancies and criticism, but also by astonishing correspondences. In the mid-1830s, Friedrich’s work was increasingly overshadowed by the Düsseldorf School of Painting. The exhibition comprising around 120 works illuminates the changes in tastes occurring from the Romantic period to the early days of Realism. For the first time, Saxonian landscape painting enters a dialogue with the Düsseldorf School of Painting.

Approximately 60 of Friedrich’s works will be presented jointly with the works of his fellow painters from Dresden, such as Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869), Ludwig Richter (1803-1884) and Ernst Ferdinand Oehme (1797-1855). They are juxtaposed with principal works by representatives of the Düsseldorf school: Carl Friedrich Lessing (1808-1880), Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910 and Johann Wilhelm Schirmer (1807-1863).

A collaboration between Kunstpalast Düsseldorf and the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig. In Leizpig the exhibition will be shown from 3 March to 6 June 2021.

Curators: Bettina Baumgärtel, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Jan Nicolaisen, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig


Caspar David Friedrich | The Stages of Life, c. 1834, Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 94 cm, © Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Photo: InGestalt Michael Ehritt