Caspar David Friedrich, Degenerated
33 paintings, acrylic on canvas, 2019-2021, 120 x 80 cm
No painter represents 19th-century German Romanticism more than Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), who was also one of the artists most celebrated by the Nazi regime. His paintings often portray contemplative figures set against immense and dramatic landscapes, expressing the essence of the European soul in a highly allegorical manner.
This series consists of 33 canvases, each of which is based on and dedicated to one of Friedrich’s most well-known works. More than 80 years after the opening of the infamous Nazi exhibition, titled ‘Degenerate Art,’ in Munich – where modern and abstract artworks were displayed as a warning of the decline and degeneration of art while Friedrich’s work was used to represent a noble and divine form of art – the series ‘Caspar David Friedrich, Degenerated’ acts as a vindictive manifestation of the Nazi leadership’s worst aesthetic nightmares.