The Sea of Ice

Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774 -1840) – The Sea of Ice, 1824 (Oil on canvas. Kunsthalle, Hamburg) – German painting’s great romantic, Friedrich here depicts the shipwreck of the HMS Griper, a British vessel on an expedition to the North Pole. The iceberg totally dwarfs the ship; it is a gravestone as much as an obstacle. As so often in Friedrich’s art, nature here is at once sublimely beautiful and totally indifferent to human life…caspar-david-friedrich-the-sea-of-ice


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