Caspar David Friedrich:
Set of 4 Pictures "Time of Day Cycle" (1821/22), framed
Caspar David Friedrich:
Set of 4 Pictures "Time of Day Cycle" (1821/22), framed

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | reproductions on canvas | on stretcher frame | framed | size each 34 x 46 cm (h/w)

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Set of 4 Pictures "Time of Day Cycle" (1821/22), framed
Caspar David Friedrich: Set of 4 Pictures "Time of Day Cy...

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Set of 4 Pictures "Time of Day Cycle" (1821/22), framed

Caspar David Friedrich's works convincingly implement the Romantic idea of profoundly interpreting and deciphering the "book of nature". The "Time of Day Cycle", painted in 1821/22, also represents a cycle of life in which the viewer can discern childhood, youth, maturity and the serenity of old age.

"The Morning" focuses on the lonely person in the fishing boat, who begins their day's work on a quiet, reed-covered pond, surrounded by the omnipotence of the awakening nature.
"The Noon":
In the second part of the cycle, Caspar David Friedrich depicted a sandy path surrounded by heath and shrubbery that leads the viewer to distant dark woods. In the meadows, a hiker strides towards a pine grove while a second hiker approaches the viewer along the path.
"The Afternoon":
In the third part of the cycle, the reddish reflection of some clouds indicates the approaching evening peace and bathes the landscape in the late afternoon light. The cornfield has already been partially harvested. And the farmer is heading towards the end of his workday with his horse-drawn vehicle.
"The Evening" shows two hikers contemplating the spectrum of the setting sun. The horizon still shines through the pine trunks, but in a few minutes, the magic will be over and, the cold night will beckon them to turn back.

This treasure of the Landesgalerie Hannover has been transferred to canvas exclusively for ars mundi. Each copy is framed in a high-quality gilded solid wood frame. The time-of-day cycle consists of four pictures. Size framed 34 x 46 cm (h/w) each. Set of all four pictures.

"For over a hundred years, the 'Time of Day Cycle' has been one of the main works exhibited in the Lower Saxony Landesmuseum in Hanover. Four paintings depict ideal landscapes reminiscent of the European Harz Mountains or the Giant Mountains. Unlike the later impressionistic artworks, they were painted in the studio and don't depict the same motif. Caspar David Friedrich is the most important artist of early German Romanticism. He did not simply imitate nature but created pictures of great emotional depth. Thanks to ars mundi's excellent reproduction, these paintings are now accessible to many people, who can enjoy an everlasting experience of nature with these paintings." (Dr Katja Lembke, Landesmuseum Hannover)

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Portrait of the artist Caspar David Friedrich

About Caspar David Friedrich

1774-1840

Caspar David Friedrich was the most important German painter of the Romantic period. Even his person embodied the typical Romantic: he was rather introverted, close to nature and religious, he saw nature as a mirror of human feelings. In his meticulously painted canvases, Friedrich achieved incomparable metaphysical transparency.

"The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself." With this recommendation to his fellow painters, Caspar David Friedrich explained the driving force and meaning of his paintings.

Landscape depiction holds a leading position in his oeuvre. Friedrich went on long hikes through the mountains and along the coast with friends. He captured human beings in their smallness in relation to the immense power of nature. The lonely figures look longingly into vast landscapes with distant horizons. They often turn their backs to the viewer so that he can put himself in their place. Using symbolic nature metaphors such as the moon as the universe and tree stumps as an indication of transience, he created contemplative romantic feelings and religious sentiments. Friedrich wanted his nature moods to provide insight into the human soul.

At the age of 24, after an academic education in Copenhagen, the young artist was drawn to Dresden. In the city along the Elbe, Friedrich and other painters, as well as poets such as Tieck and Schlegel, formed the centre of early Romanticism. The characteristic feature of Romanticism is the reciprocal effect of poetry and painting. Friedrich's landscapes are mirrors of feelings and seek to express visually what poetry achieves with words. "The depths of our spirit are unknown to us - the mysterious way leads inwards. Eternity with its worlds - the past and future - is in ourselves or nowhere." This is how the poet Novalis expressed himself on behalf of the early Romantics.

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