RUNGE, Philipp Otto
(b. 1777, Wolgast, d. 1810, Hamburg)

The Poet at the Spring

Pen and black ink, grey wash over traces of lead pencil, 509 x 671 mm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

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.

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