Caspar D. Friedrich was born on September 5, 1774 in a small town called Greifswald, Mecklenburg in Germany on the Baltic Sea. When he was thirteen years old he fell through the surface of a frozen lake and nearly perished. His brother saved his life but drowned in the effort. In 1781 his mother died and a sister ten years later. His dark deeply religious paintings may reflect these childhood tragedies.
He attended the Copenhagen Academy in 1794, but he was mainly self-taught. He settled in Dresden. Eventually, he became a professor at its academy. Friedrich became one of the most typical exponents of German Romantic landscape. His paintings have the polished brillian
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