RUNGE, Philipp Otto
(b. 1777, Wolgast, d. 1810, Hamburg)
The Poet at the Spring1805
Pen and black ink, grey wash over traces of lead pencil, 509 x 671 mm
This drawing may look lyrical and tender at first sight, but it is also an example of the high intellectual standards Runge set in his art. Humankind - particularly the child - and nature were to him a symbol of the cosmic relationship that governed all processes of creation and decline.