Caspar David Friedrich, Degenerated
33 paintings, acrylic on canvas, 2019-2021, 120 x 80 cm
No painter in history represents the German Romanticism of the nineteenth century more than Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), one of the artists most celebrated by the Nazi regime. His tempestuous paintings most often display contemplative figures or ruins, silhouetted against immense and dramatic landscapes, expressing in the most allegorical manner the essence of the European soul.
The series ‘Caspar David Friedrich, Degenerated’ is composed of 33 canvases, each of them based on and dedicated to one of Caspar David Friedrich’s most well known works.
Eighty years after the opening of the infamous Nazi exhibition ‘Degenerate Art’ in Munich, in which modern and abstract art works were displayed as a warning sign to the decline and degeneration of the sublime practice of art – while Caspar David Friedrich’s work was used to represent the opposite, noble and divine form of art – the series ‘Caspar David Friedrich, Degenerated’ is a vindictive realisation of the Nazi leadership’s worst aesthetic nightmares.