Paintings from the darker side of life – Caspar David Friedrich

Add an Abbey in ruins, a misty day, the burial of a monk and what you get is the Gothic / Romantic sensibility at its peak:

The Abbey in the Oakwood, by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), image taken from Wikipedia

Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th century German painter that had an inclination for vast landscapes, awe-inspiring but ominous at the same time. His paintings are not short of symbolism; death, religion and his concerns about the fate of Germany (probably depicted in the painting above) were among his recurrent topics.

You can see the place where the Abbey is located (in Google maps) here

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