Caspar David Friedrich

C D Friedrich;C. D. Friedrich

1774 (Greifswald, Swedish Pomerania, now Germany) – 1840 (Dresden)

The melancholy Friedrich is now recognised as one of the most significant artists of the romantic era. He studied with and was influenced by Abildgaard, his friend Lund a fellow-student. Schleiermacher, met in Greifswald, was another influence. Goethe, impressed by his freshness of vision, awarded him a prize (though he took against Friedrich’s later paintings). Runge enjoyed a close artistic relationship, especially for the 2 years that they both lived in Dresden, where Friedrich’s studio was a popular meeting-place for the likes of Kleist and Tieck. Dahl lived for years in Friedrich’s home, the two working and exhibiting together.