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  • Caspar David Friedrich
    Sep 5, 1774 - May 7, 1840
  • Tree of Crows - Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic or megalithic ruins.
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  • circa 1822
    Oil on canvas
    59 x 73 cm
    Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.

    "The Tree of the Crows" is a late Romantic oil painting by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich, created in 1822. It has been owned by the Louvre in Paris since 1975.

    The central motif of the painting is a weathered oak. His gnarled, partly broken branches and many tangled branches fill a large part of the picture. The few withered leaves suggest a wintry climate. There are some black birds in the branches. On the dark, lower edge of the picture, in the foreground of the oak are tree stumps and several bare branches. The oak itself stands at the foot of a small, grassy hill, which, according to a note on the back of the canvas is a mound on Rügen. In the background is a blue-violet evening sky with bright, orange-yellow cloud tracks and a small crows swarm to recognize.

    The painting is reminiscent of a cold, stormy winter evening. The oak and crows swarm are emotional and somber. They evoke a feeling of dramatic despair, longing and untamed timelessness.

    Caspar David Friedrich is one of the most important artists of the Romantic era. His main motive was nature, which he used time and again as a symbolic tool to depict his emotional state of mind and religious beliefs. "The Tree of the Crows" was created two years after the robbery of his artist friend Gerhard von Kügelgen, which had hit Friedrich hard. In 1822, a painting entitled "Kügelgens Grab" was also created. The oak in the "tree of the crows" has in the past been associated with death and the background sky with Christian salvation.

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Caspar David FriedrichCaspar David Friedrich (September 5, 1774 - May 7, 1840) was a landscape painter of the nineteenth-century German Romantic movement, of which he is now considered the most important painter. A painter and draughtsman, Friedrich is best known for his later allegorical landscapes, which feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees, and Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey the spiritual experiences of life.

Friedrich was born in Greifswald in northern Germany in 1774. He studied in Copenhagen until 1798 before settling in Dresden. He came of age during a period when, across Europe, a growing disillusionment with an over-materialistic society led to a new appreciation for spiritualism. This was often expressed through a reevaluation of the natural world, as artists such as Friedrich, J. M. W. Turner and John Constable sought to depict nature as a "divine creation, to be set against the artifice of human civilization".

Although Friedrich was renowned during his lifetime, his work fell from favour during the second half of the nineteenth century. As Germany moved towards modernisation, a new urgency was brought to its art, and Friedrich's contemplative depictions of stillness were seen as the products of a bygone age. His rediscovery began in 1906 when an exhibition of 32 of his paintings and sculptures was held in Berlin. During the 1920s his work was appreciated by the Expressionists, and in the 1930s and 1940s, the Surrealists and Existentialists frequently drew on his work. Today he is seen as an icon of the German Romantic movement, and a painter of international importance.