Friedrich was a German landscape painter heavily involved within the Romanticist art movement and had a long and distinguished career which produced a huge amount of high quality landscape oil paintings. Find Friedrich paintings here. The artist was truly passionate about his landscape work and this dominated his career in a similar way to that of British artists Turner and Constable.
Friedrich frequently depicted individual characters in the foreground overlooking a huge landscape scene which he would find a symbolic gesture as well as helping to add to the feeling of awe to the viewer who would get some sense of perspective. Wanderer above the Sea of Fog is certainly the best example of this approach but there were several other examples too, often using several characters together in the foreground.
Romanticism was an art movement which rose in the 19th century to become a crucial lead up to the later impressionist movement and many of the contributors to it were from Britain and France. Friedrich himself was a German artist who managed to get involved thanks to his exceptional illustrative skills and moody style that was perfectly suited to the Romanticist principles.
The career highlights of Friedrich are all predominantly oil on canvas but he had a great early exposure to all sorts of different media and this was beneficial to his overall development an an artist. His strong illustration skills helped him to build oil paintings upon strong foundations, then adding further detail and colour with bold colour and carefully blended tones.
Friedrich was one of a number of artists to have found support witin Russia whilst perhaps struggling domestically. The artist developed links with several rich Russian families who became interested in his style of painting to the point of buying several art works on regular occasions, helpin the artist to fund his future work and concentrate on continuing in the style that he most enjoyed.
Friedrich did count several artists amongst his friends, with some sharing his studio at various times upon his invitation. Philipp Otto Runge was one interesting connection to Friedrich as he himself was a member of the German Romanticists and as such these two had a particularly large amount in common and could benefit from their discussions on various elements of this painting style which they were both so fond of.
It is a sad thing to consider that Friedrich suffered poor health and social separation towards his final years and it was only the Russian royal family who purchased some of his paintings to enable him to receive better care after suffering a stroke. Within his native Germany his career had deteriorated and Romanticism has become seen as a passing fashion, with little interest in those who had followed in his footsteps.