The Woman with the Spider Web between Bare Trees, 1803. Creator: Caspar David Friedrich (German
The Woman with the Spider Web between Bare Trees, 1803. For Friedrich, landscape was the expression of spirituality and a personal connection with God. By isolating individual objects in this composition and rendering them in specific detail, such as the tree, spider web, and thistles, Friedrich gave them a heightened clarity that destabilizes the familiar and suggests a hidden, sacred significance within organic forms. The viewer's dilemma---deciding upon the meaning and significance of the scene---is echoed by the woman herself who gazes toward the vening sky. Her pose and gesture suggest a searching awareness that evokes melancholy and suspended resolution. Surrounding her are symbols of morality in the barren trees, thistles, a caught fly, and the setting sun. In this woodcut, Friedrich depicted for one of the first times a theme that became a leitmotif, what art historians have called "the drama of the self facing the universe."
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'Two Men Contemplating the Moon', c1825-1830. Artist: Caspar David Friedrich
'Two Men Contemplating the Moon', c1825-1830. New Moon with earthshine, a phenomenon described by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as The New Moon with the Old Moon in her arms. From the collection of the Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
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