Friedrich is a German artist, one of the main representatives of romanticism. Like all other painters who preferred this genre, he put personality at the forefront as something capable of changing the world, if not by his deeds, then by perception. As something valuable and priceless, as something giving meaning to everything.
He, like other representatives of romanticism, also praised nature, considering it a pure essence, healing and soothing, in many ways perfect. Most of his landscapes are characterized by the presence of man, but not in the main role, but in the form of a part of an ever-changing world, completely dependent on him. “Nature can change a person,” as his works say. “But only the presence of man gives nature meaning.”
“Morning” is one of his classic works, where nature appears before the viewer in a flirtatious flare of light fog, in the sleepy bliss of an early morning, painted with a tender blush of dawn. She looks like a young girl, only waking up, charming and fresh, and even the black sullen pines seem bluish, soft, in their own way thoughtfully tender. And, of course, there is a person in the landscape, although at first glance this may not be obvious.
There is a fisherman’s house on the shore of the lake - a squat roof, a low chimney - it is so foggy that it is almost impossible to distinguish it. In a small boat a man is rowing to the shore - his figure gives out tension, he does not look at the beauty reigning around, completely absorbed in his work. However, even moving away from nature, not noticing its presence, he remains a part of it, harmoniously inscribed in the landscape.
The waters of the lake around him are hidden in the fog, not even reflecting the sky, which is painted in pink and gold. A trembling predawn hour reigns and, almost tangible, silence flows from the picture.
Moonlight Night on Capri