Caspar David Friedrich
* 5th September 1774 in Greifswald; † 7th May 1840 in Dresden, is probably the most important painter from the German Romantic movement. He found inspiration for his symbolic landscape paintings on his walks through Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland and in the Giant Mountains, amongst other places. Many of his pictures deal with topics such as solitude, eternity and mortality; whilst others can be seen as allegories of political events from the period. The oil painting »Rocky landscape« from 1823 depicts the imposing Neurathen Felsentor rock formation and combines the sublime and the mysterious and unfathomable with aspects of threat and destruction in a meaningful way.
TIP: The pictured postcard is a collectable postcard, which can be obtained from all places of accommodation holding the "Wanderfreundlich am Malerweg" certificate on the second stage of the Malerweg.
Malerweg 2nd stage: Artists painted at this point on the Malerweg
Bastei: With its especially impressive landscape, the Bastei area has been providing a whole host of subjects for artists since time immemorial. Caspar David Friedrich also immortalised it in some of his works.
Kurort Rathen: 200 years ago, an adventurous and challenging ascent up 487 steps led past the Rathen Open-Air Stage, through the Vogeltelle to the Bastei Rock. There is a whole host of impressive depictions of this area.
Amselgrund: Even back in the 19th century, Amsel Waterfall was a tourist magnet with a special draw. Today, the artificially created waterfall can still be seen in action for a small donation.
Wehlgrund: The Wehlgrund, a tributary valley of the Amsel bedrock, is dominated by the imposing rock formations of the »Kleine Gans«. There are several drawings of this, including by Johann Christian Clausen Dahl.