Size: 21.5 x 38 inches
Artist: Caspar David Friedrich (after)
This beautiful poster was created for "Baltic Light: Early Open-Air Painting in Denmark and North Germany", an exhibition which travelled internationally. This poster advertises its duration at the National Gallery of Canada; it stayed in the Ottawa museum from Friday, October 15, 1999 to Sunday, January 2, 2000 before touring around the world until June later that year. The exhibition featured a collection of Danish and German paintings from the 19th century depicting open air vistas.
The image used here is Caspar David Friedrich's oil painting "On a Sailing Ship" from 1818-1820. The visualisation and portrayal of landscape in an entirely new manner was Friedrich's key innovation. He sought not just to explore the blissful enjoyment of a beautiful view, as in the classic conception, but rather to examine the reunion with the spiritual self through the contemplation of nature. Friedrich said, "The artist should paint not only what he sees before him, but also what he sees within him." This is perfectly encapsulated in this image, where a man and woman (probably Caroline Bommer - Friedrich's wife - and Friedrich himself) and sit hand in hand at the bow of a ship, looking across the sea as the sun's rays cast a golden light against the clouds.
This poster is in very good condition, with slight crinkling in the lower left corner. The metallic copper inking of the show's title is a beautiful detail, and the poster will look gorgeous when framed!