Exhibition | Landscape, Heroes, and Folktales: German Romanticism

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on March 28, 2012

My apologies, this exhibition almost slipped by me completely. Thanks, however, to a brief extension, these prints and drawings (all from the private collection of Charles Booth-Clibbor) are up for another week. -CH

Landscape, Heroes, and Folktales: German Romantic Prints and Drawings
British Museum, London, 23 September 2011 — 9 April 2012

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, "I too was in Arcadia" (detail). Etching, 1801. Private collection.

German Romanticism was a philosophical and artistic movement in the late 18th and 19th centuries which was highly influential across the whole of Europe. Key figures included composers Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, philosophers Hegel and Schlegel, and literary giants Goethe and Schiller. Artists in 19th-century Germany were seeking a cohesive national identity that had not existed before – through works often inspired by the German landscape, mythology and Germany’s ancient past.

The prints and drawings on display capture beautiful, poetic scenes, exploring landscapes and wildlife to heroes and folktales. Romantic artists took inspiration from earlier artists, including Albrecht Dürer and Raphael. The works show high standards of draughtsmanship, depict an amazing variety of subject matter and use a range of sophisticated print techniques, including the recently invented technique of lithography. Artists featured in the exhibition include Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Wilhelm Tischbein, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, Julius Schnorr von
Carolsfeld, Friedrich Overbeck, Peter Cornelius, Karl-Friedrich Schinkel
and Johann Christian Reinhart.

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