Caspar David Friedrich: His Life and Work. Caspar David Friedrich, Matthias Schmitz, Intro.

Caspar David Friedrich: His Life and Work

New York: German Library of Information, 1940.

Paperback. 10" X 8 1/2". 55pp. Wear to pictorial paper wraps with rubbing, toning, creasing, bumps, and surface paper loss to covers, corners, and edges. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. An overall clean, solid copy of this collection of works by Caspar David Friedrich.

Recent reasearches in American cultural history have revealed how deeply the mystic philosophy of the German Romantic School permeated American life and thought in the second quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, Channing and Bryant translated Schelling's Naturphilosophie and Kant's idealism into American Transendentalism. But curiously enough the embodiment of the ROmantic attitude towards life, as it was expressed in the fine arts, that is to say in the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, escaped the attention of the poets and philosophers of the Transcendental School as it has, for that matter, to this day escaped the attention of all but a few enthusiasts and specialists in Germany's cultural history. This is the more to be wondered at in view of the fact that the subjective landscape has been a dominant tradition in American art and that it was Caspar David Friedrich who led the way in interpreting the landscape as a medium for subjective experience. It is for these reasons that the German LIbrary of Information takes particular pleasure in presenting to the American public this brief outline of his life and work, the first of its kind to be published in this country.(Introduction). Good. Item #10984

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