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Wandering above the desert of Libya

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Wandering above the desert of libya – Mohamed be

The sublime power of nature was a dominant theme in Caspar David Friedrich’s paintings. The landscape of his native Germany was a source of inspiration, but his personal history might also explain the ominous tension between beauty and terror in his representation of nature. When he was a child, he was skating with his brother on the frozen Baltic sea when the ice cracked Casper slipped, and his brother died saving him. Friedrich’s adult depression led to a suicide attempt in Dresden. After he tried to slit his own throat, he always wore a beard to hide the scar. The relationship between trauma and inspiration is evident in Friedrich’s statement: “The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself if he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him”. A frightening, raging sea crashes in front of the lone elegant figure in “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”. This painting which Friedrich produced the year he married, could express his own personal struggle to tame his surging emotions for the sake of his young bride. When mohamed be re-create this painting, he mixed some of his cultural legacy with it, so this time, the wanderer does not stand above a sea of fog, but on the edge of the huge desert of Libya.

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The sublime power of nature was a dominant theme in Caspar David Friedrich’s paintings. The landscape of his native Germany was a source of inspiration, but his personal history might also explain the ominous tension between beauty and terror in his representation of nature. When he was a child, he was skating with his brother on the frozen Baltic sea when the ice cracked Casper slipped, and his brother died saving him. Friedrich’s adult depression led to a suicide attempt in Dresden. After he tried to slit his own throat, he always wore a beard to hide the scar. The relationship between trauma and inspiration is evident in Friedrich’s statement: “The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself if he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him”. A frightening, raging sea crashes in front of the lone elegant figure in “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”. This painting which Friedrich produced the year he married, could express his own personal struggle to tame his surging emotions for the sake of his young bride. When mohamed be re-create this painting, he mixed some of his cultural legacy with it, so this time, the wanderer does not stand above a sea of fog, but on the edge of the huge desert of Libya.



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