The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770-1850
'With the exception of the work of Caspar David Friedrich, the German Romantics remain little known here. Landscapes aside, the piety and medievalising tendencies of many of the artists make them hard to warm to. However, The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints 1770-1850, edited by John Ittman (Yale £55), reveals an extraordinary range of highly distinctive practitioners. The foliage-mad prints of Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder and the preternaturally skilled engravings of Johann Gotthard von Müller, for example, show European Romanticism with a Teutonic twist.' - The Times
From the 1770s through the 1840s, German, Austrian, and Swiss artists used the medium of printmaking to create works that synthesised poetry, literature, music, and the visual arts in new and captivating ways. Finding an eager audience in the growing number of educated middle-class collectors, printmakers experimented with modern technologies, such as lithography, and drew on the contemporary interest in regional folklore and traditional fairy tales to produce innovative compositions that both contributed to and reflected the dramatic cultural and political upheavals of the Romantic era.
Featuring the work of more than 120 artists, including Casper David Friedrich, Ludwig Emil Grimm, Joseph Anton Koch, Philipp Otto Runge, and Johann Gottfried Schadow, this authoritative book contains many unique and never-before-published examples of prints from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's unrivalled collection.
One of the Times' art books of the year (2017).
- Author: John Ittman, Kathy and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Date published: October 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300197624
- Product Dimensions: 47.2 x 30.1 cm