Caspar David Friedrich is among the greatest of those Romantic artists in whose work spiritual yearning is the dominant theme. His landscapes epitomized an international trend around 1800 to contemplate nature, as opposed to “civilization,” for revelations about basic and eternal truths. When the Kimbell acquired A Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds in 1984, it became the first public collection outside of Europe to own a painting by Friedrich.
Caption: Caspar David Friedrich, A Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds, c. 1835, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum