We use essential cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our cookies page.

Essential Cookies

Essential cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. For example, the selections you make here about which cookies to accept are stored in a cookie.

You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics Cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify you.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are ones planted by other websites while using this site. This may occur (for example) where a Twitter or Facebook feed is embedded with a page. Selecting to turn these off will hide such content.

Skip to main content

Berwick St James Art Appreciation

The Three Ages of Man, oil on canvas, Caspar David Friedrich, Kunste Museum, Leipzig The Three Ages of Man, oil on canvas, Caspar David Friedrich, Kunste Museum, Leipzig

Palmer’s Virgilian Idyll to Caspar Friedrich’s Mystic Landscape

Thursday 7th December at 7pm, doors open from 6.45pm

Born 1774, some thirty years earlier than Samuel Palmer, Caspar David Friedrich was the leading German Romantic painter of the 19th century. Both painters in different ways were not content just to produce literal images of landscape. For Friedrich, the act of landscape painting was passed through the lens of a strict Protestant upbringing, personal loss, introspection, but above all by ‘The Sublime’ visions of man’s insignificance in the face of the grandeur and enormity of God’s creation.

Samuel Palmer, on the other hand, whilst in Shoreham under the spell of William Blake, invested his somewhat archaic, even child-like parochial images of Nature with an intense spiritual quality and in so doing found that the very essence of it was designed according to God’s pattern. Both Romantic painters produced immediately recognisable works of great beauty and depth of meaning. Please join me this evening as we explore the life and works of these renowned and much admired masters.