Friday, March 7, 2014

Carl Blechen, Augustan Bridge at Narni

Augustan Bridge at Narni (unfinished), 1829

Carl Blechen (July 29, 1798 – July 23, 1840), sometimes given as Karl Blechen, was a German painter who specialized in fantastic landscapes, sometimes with demons and grotesque figures. Later in his career, Blechen turned to depicting contemporary subjects with an increasingly naturalistic technique, sometimes painting directly in nature. With his Iron-rolling Mill (c. 1830) and Gorge near Amalfi (1831), Blechen became one of the first European painters to represent early industrialization in the landscape. Belonging to the generation of artists after Caspar David Friedrich and a forerunner to realists like the fellow Berliner Adolph Menzel, he is often cited as an artist "between Romanticism and Realism".