FRIEDRICH, Caspar David
(b. 1774, Greifswald, d. 1840, Dresden)
Morning in the Riesengebirge1810-11
Oil on canvas, 108 x 170 cm
With his friend Kersting he had made a tour of the mountainous area near Dresden known as 'Saxon Switzerland', in the summer of 1810. Morning in the Riesengebirge, painted shortly afterwards, is another exposition of his theme of the cross on a peak. It may be seen as a sort of continuation of the Tetschen Altar. The planes of earth and sky, representing the bodily and the infinite, are bridged by the crucifix, lit by the morning sun.