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Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog Analysis
Dawit Abeza
Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog Analysis

Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog Analysis

Friedrich utilizes dark and light colors to create an extraordinary composition in Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. Friedrich painted this scene vertically to give the observer an eye level view, similar to the subject in the composition. Friedrich uses the Ruckenfugen style: wherein he paints the subject with his back towards the watcher. This makes the figure look somewhat puzzling to the watcher uncertain of what he is thinking about as he looks into the sea.

By isolating the figure and concentrating more on the magnificence of what's surrounding the subject. Friedrich utilizes a brilliant palette. He blends blues and pinks over the sky with the mountains peaking out in the background. He paints the figure in a dull dark green coat which was a traditional German coat at that time.

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich Romanticism Period

In contrast to other artists, Friedrich also concentrated on art education. Thusly, Friedrich had overtime created his own unique romanticism style; where he could create various scenes in one composition.

Romanticism was an art period during the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the twentieth century. Sentimental artists played a key role in the Romanticism movement with themes: self-glorification, emotions, and the role of nature. Friedrich's art fits in a perfect world with the ideals of Romanticism as he shows independence, subjectivity, and affection for nature. Sadly, the gathering of Friedrich's work decayed as he matured.

Symbolist and Surrealist artists, Max Ernst, observed the figurative compositions that immersed Friedrich's canvases and he drew reference from Friedrich incredible works.

Sea of Fog Story

Who is the mysterious man?

Some scholars think that Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog to be a self-portrait of Friedrich. As the youthful figure in the painting has similar red hair as the artist himself. The figure seems to be examining and self-reflecting; hypnotized by the fog of the sea. He appears to be pondering and taking in the profound natural experience of the sea. By putting the figure's back toward the watcher, Friedrich empowers the observer to see the world through the subjects very own eyes, to share and pass on his experience of nature. Some art scholars depict the figure in Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog as a ranger service officer, Col. Friedrich Gotthard von Brincken, of the Saxon infantry. He wears the green uniform of the volunteer officers.

Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog Painting By Caspar David Friedrich 

 

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