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Eastern Coast of Rügen Island with Shepherd

Artist:
Caspar David Friedrich (German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden)
Date:
ca. 1805–6
Medium:
Sepia colored ink, sepia colored wash, white gouache and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
24 1/4 x 39 inches (61.6 x 99 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts and Fletcher Fund, and Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.260
Not on view
Before he took up painting in 1807, Caspar David Friedrich had already created some of the most fascinating landscape drawings of his time. This exceptionally large sheet from about 1805-6 is based on sketches made on the island of Rügen, in the Baltic Sea, not far from the artist’s birthplace. The austere island inspired some of Friedrich’s greatest works, in which he combined a close observation of nature with a pervasive romanticism. A solitary human figure contemplating the expanse of nature would be a recurring theme in his oeuvre.
Schildener Collection, Greifswald; Dr. Johann Friedrich Bernhard Quistorp (German); President of the Senate Max Urlich (German), Nürnberg (later Munich); Weinmüller (Munich), 1952; Oettingen-Wallerstein (Germany), Castle Harburg, Germany; Vendor: Galerie Arnoldi-Livie (Munich)Donor: Leon D. and Debra R. Black, New York
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Bruneck "[Notice]" in Dresdener Abendzeitung. Dresden, 1806, p. 109.

"[Notice]" in Journal des Luxus und der Moden. Dresden, 1806, pp. 213, 337-39.

Henry Fuseli (as H. H. Füssli) Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. pt. 2, section 1, Zürich, 1806, pp. 393-94.

Johann Georg Meusel Teutsches Künstlerlexikon. 2nd ed. Lemgo, 1808, pp. 259, 260.

Otto Schmitt "Ein Skizzenbuch C.D. Friedrichs im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum" in Westdeutsches Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte" Westdeutsches Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte. vol. 11, 1939, p. 294.

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Auktion Catalogue. Weinmüller, Munich, 1952, cat. no. 53, fig. no. 26, ill.

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Hellmut Bethe "Mitteilungen aus dem Pommerschen Landesmuseum." Baltische Nachrichten. NF 41, May 31, 2013, p. 341.



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