Caspar David Friedrich and the Sublime

Posted on January 4th, by Laurie Rojas in Blog: Critical Impulse. Comments Off on Caspar David Friedrich and the Sublime

Wandered above the Sea of Fog (1818)

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818)

Caspar David Friedrich was a German Romantic painter during the early 19th century.

This painting is one of the best illustrations of the concept of the Sublime.

Kant, the late 18th Century German philosopher elaborates on the concept of the Sublime in his Critique of Judgment, written in 1790 (a year after the French Revolution).

On the Sublime Kant says:

The mind feels itself *moved* in the representation of the Sublime in nature; whilst in the aesthetical judgments about the Beautiful it is in *restful* contemplation…. in the inmensity of nature we find our own limitation… making us recognize our own physical impotence, as beings of nature… yet it discloses to us… faculty of judging independently of, and superior to, nature… It is man who shrinks from nothing, who fears nothing, and therefore does not yield to danger, but rather goes to face it vigorously with the most complete deliberation…”

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