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Wanderlust - From Caspar David Friedrich to Auguste Renoir

Alte Nationalgalerie | Berlin
Price
€5 - €10
Presentation
When we think of the wanderer as a painterly motif, the famous painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich of circa 1817 comes to mind. This exceptional loan from the Hamburger Kunsthalle forms the starting point for a special exhibition held at the Alte Nationalgalerie, which follows this surprisingly central theme in art throughout the nineteenth century and all the way to Hodler and Gauguin.

With Rousseau’s call to get “back to nature!” and Goethe’s Sturm und Drang poetry, wandering around 1800 became the expression of a modern awareness of life. As part of a reaction against the rapid social changes that began in the French Revolution, a new form of decelerated self- and world knowledge developed, whose presence can still be felt today.

Since the Romantic period, artists have discovered nature for themselves, exploring it on foot and looking at it from new angles. Wandering, in art, came to stand for life’s journey, for symbolic pilgrimage. For the traveller, the self-determined journey on foot brought with it a new, intensified encounter with nature and a form of world-appropriation that was both sensual and physical.

The works shown in the exhibition, including masterworks by Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Blechen, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Johan Christian Dahl, by Gustave Courbet, Ferdinand Hodler and Paul Gauguin, show just how powerful and fruitful the motif of the wanderer was in art throughout the nineteenth century, not only in Germany but in many places, from France to Norway and from Russia to the USA.
Hours

The exhibition is over since the 16/09/2018

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  • Name: Alte Nationalgalerie
  • Address: Bodestraße 1-3 - 10178 - Berlin - Allemagne
  • Phone: (49) 030 266 424 242

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