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CARL GUSTAV CARUS | MONDSCHEIN HINTER BURGRUINE MIT ERKER, UND MOND ÜBER KIEFERN

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CARL GUSTAV CARUS

1789 - 1869

MONDSCHEIN HINTER BURGRUINE MIT ERKER, UND MOND ÜBER KIEFERN


The former, oil on paper laid down on panel; the latter, oil on panel

10 x 6.4 cm (left image); 10.4 x 6.8 cm (right image); 26.6 x 35.6 cm (overall, framed)


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Kunsthandlung Rusch, Dresden (by 1930)

Kunsthandel Luz, Berlin (by WWII)

Marianne Prause, Carl Gustav Carus. Leben und Werk, Berlin, 1968, p. 93, Mondschein hinter Bergruinen, catalogued and illustrated, no. 32

A true polymath, Carus was not only a leading painter in the German Romantic tradition but also a medical professor, a philosopher, a psychologist and a naturalist who was friends with leading intellectuals of the days such as Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt. In 1819 Carus travelled to the island of Rügen, together with his great friend and mentor Caspar David Friedrich, where both artists were influenced by their experience of “Urnatur” which Carus wrote about in Eine Rügenreise im Jahre 1819. The present pair of moonlit compositions which combine both romantic ruins and pine trees are characteristic of the artist’s earlier mystical Romantic style. These jewel-like works exude a dreamy atmosphere. Later in his career Carus’ landscapes showed greater naturalism and objectivity. He recorded his evolving ideas on landscape painting in his famous Neun Briefe über Landschaftmalerei (1831).