Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich

Style: Romanticism

Lived: September 5, 1774 - May 7, 1840 (18th - 19th century)

Nationality: Germany

Close your bodily eye, that you may see your picture first with the eye of the spirit. Then bring to light what you have seen in the darkness, that its effect may work back, from without to within.

I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.

If the artist sees nothing within him, then he should also refrain from painting what he sees before him.

The divine is everywhere, even in a grain of sand.

The pure, frank sentiments we hold in our hearts are the only truthful sources of art. A painting which does not take its inspiration from the heart is nothing more than futile juggling. All authentic art is conceived at a sacred moment and nourished in a blessed hour; an inner impulse creates it, often without the artist being aware of it.

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