Caspar David Friedrich Blick auf Arkona, Rügen (View towards Arkona, Rügen)
Blick auf Arkona, Rügen (View towards Arkona, Rügen), a lost drawing by German artist Caspar David Friedrich known only from an archive photograph, has resurfaced on the international market. Sotheby’s will present the drawing as a highlight of a sale of 19th century European paintings in London on November 20. It is estimated at £200,000-300,000.
Tessa Kostrzewa, director, Sotheby’s 19th century European Paintings department, said: “It is always tremendously exciting to handle works by Friedrich, the father of German Romantic painting, especially when one is dealing with a rediscovered work believed to have been lost. The composition, and its symbolism, was clearly very meaningful to the young Friedrich, as he repeated it several times. The isle of Rügen had a hold on his imagination, becoming the subject of one of his most famous paintings of all, of strollers overlooking the sea from the island’s chalk cliffs.”
Friedrich worked up seven drawings of varying size and detail from an ink sketch he made on the beach at Vitt on the island of Rügen on Germany’s Baltic coast on 22 June 1801. This drawing in the series was produced circa 1803 and depicts a view looking north towards Kap Arkona, the island’s north cape.