#arttoday – watching the “contemplative” tranquility..

Beautiful, tranquil drawing by the German painter David Friedrich, in Hermitage museum! 
The work of 1820s,  reflects Caspar David Friedrich‘s way of using “contemplative” approach, which is a term I liked a lot the while discovering his work and reading about his style, and it definitely matches this drawing – the term contemplative – with the girl and the boy figures we see from the back, looking deeply at the sea..Although not seeing their faces, the drawing clearly communicates the way they are in deep thoughts, lost in tranquility, admiring or getting lost within the nature.The two figures at the back, who don’t seem to belong to the existing timing of the drawing, probably reflect the allegory for which Friedrich was also known for. I am inspired to think they belong to the thoughts of the two figures in front, maybe their fears, maybe what they are leaving behind or thinking to leave behind.Anyway, the landscape itself in the center is both tranquil and as if personalized, communicating to us with the sails and clouds, which attracted me a lot during my visit in Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

Below is a quotation from an art website I’ve found and liked a lot while trying to reflect my thoughts on this drawing. I think it matches with this piece a lot and expresses his works quite well!


“To Friedrich, nature was not just a backdrop to fill the space behind portraits, for him nature itself took center stage. He sought the spirituality through the contemplation of nature, extending the bounds of trees, mountains, hills and crashing waves beyond just a beautiful view. They now had significant spiritual meaning.”

Wishing you tranquility and good thoughts in contemplative landscape, wherever you may find it.. 🙂