The romantic Period - Donald Gorham

 This gallery depicts landscapes and spatial depth perception. The artist is Caspar David Friedrich. He was well known for his landscape views and nature during the Romantic Period.

This artwork is depicting the artist’s view of a pilgrim kneeling in prayer at the base of a statue called Madonna. Nature has always been one of the great wonders of mankind. In relation to the romantic quest, this is a search for the meaning of things that are sacred. This image is using shades of gray. The element of spatial perspective reveals mountains diminishing into the skyline. The closest objects are darker than the images in the background.
This Nature photo is depicting two points of view. The focus is on the mighty oak tree and its life. This tree has stood the test of times. In essence, the tips of the branches are weathered and have died off. Although the tree is strong and alive it personifies a point of life beyond this one. This artwork shows that the majority of darker objects (trees) are toward the front. The tree is large in relationship to the objects in the rear. The clouds appear to be arranged to make the sky look as though it is curved.
This image, Moonrise over the Sea, gives us a sense of magnitude and unity of the universe. The use of complementary colors help to establish depth. The moon is lighting up the sky and glistening on the sea. There are three people sitting on rounded rocks near the shore. They appear to be silhouette like. Off in the distance there are two ships that appear to be ghost like. The artist did a fine job of creating spatial depth in nature.
This artwork is titled The Cemetery. This painting portrays spatial depth in a unique way. In the front there are two pillars serving as a gateway into the cemetery. The artist made the pillars dark like silhouettes. Looking through the gateway into the cemetery we can see that the hills slant downward. The cemetery appears foggy and mystical. The trees in the background have been accented with darkness to create a three dimensional view, which is astonishing.
This artwork is titled Two Men Contemplating the Moon. I like the spatial depth portrayed here because it appears like someone is standing at the bottom of the hill taking a picture in front, up, and above. The two men are as silhouettes gazing at the moon. The withered tree gives this artwork a mystical feeling. The moonlight is glistening off of the tree trunk. It appears that the men are standing on a pathway between the big stones.
This artwork is titled Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds. This is another good example of spatial depth and landscapes. This is a painting of a mountain wilderness. The clouds seem to have a symbolic meaning of enveloping distance. The landscape at the front is deep and rich with color. Clouds surround the mountain. The mountain is dark yet lighter than the objects to the front. The pine trees off in the distance appear to be shooting to the sky.
This artwork is titled Landscape with the Rosenberg in the Bohemian Mountains. This artwork has the illusion of floating on top of the landscape. It seems like the landscape goes on forever. The artist focused on diminishing colors, as objects get further away. This may be a cliff off to the left exposing the cavern to the right diagonally.
This artwork is titled Landscape with Graves. This artwork was done in brush and brown ink and wash over pencil. The shades of brown are used for the illusion of depth. There is a bird sitting on the handle of what appears to be a shovel in the ground for a freshly dug grave. Off in the distance, it appears that there are four more markers. At the bottom of the artwork the landscape has great definition. The definition becomes blurred off in the distance. The clouds appear to be overlapping the sun.
This artwork is titled The Grosse Gehege near Dresden. This painting is vivid with color and shadowing to create the illusion of depth. The bottom of the landscape appears to be mud and water. There seems to be reflections in the water from the trees in the background. He has painted the trees to be as silhouettes. The landscape diminishes to the horizon of the sky. The sky even appears to have convection. The artist has painted the sky and clouds as if it is early morning or late evening.
This artwork is titled Mountain in Riesengebirge. This landscape appears to be rising from the left to the right. It is a rocky landscape with grass and moss possibly. The front of the artwork has great detail. The colors seem to fade and diminish towards the horizon of the sky. The mountains that are furthest away seem to have the same colors used in the sky. The clouds are covering some of the mountains off to the right in the rear.
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