The artist should not only paint what he sees before him, but also what he sees in himself. If, however, he sees nothing within him, then he should also refrain from painting what he sees before him. Otherwise his pictures will be like those folding screens behind which one expects to find only the sick or the dead. — Caspar David Friedrich
Birthday to the painter who, according to the French sculptor David d’Angers discovered the tragedy of landscape - generally very popular and also one of my personal favourites - Caspar David Friedrich. Extremely popular during his younger years Friedrich later fell out of fashion and was almost forgotten; new appreciation for his work came with the German Expressionists, but especially through Surrealists to whom he was a star. he is best known for contemplative, allegorical landscapes set in or around Gothic churches, graveyards, on mountains or in woods.
Portrait of Caspar David Friedrich, Gerhard von Kügelgen c. 1810–20