Image series 18 / 2024: Forests in the Romantic Period

Enthusiastic Artists

22 April 2024 | By: Bettina Pfleging

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From the end of the 18th to the 19th century, there were far fewer forests than there are today. In Germany, for example, only a fifth of the country’s land was covered with forest, depleted to meet the increasing demand for fuel and timber. This reality of the time is juxtaposed with the many seemingly rapturous images of forests in the art of the time, which show the developing understanding of nature in which humans and nature are conceived in interaction with each other.
With exhibits from the arts, cultural and forestry history and the natural sciences, the transdisciplinary exhibition in three museums spans the period from the Romantic era to the present and the future.

„Forests. From the Romantic to the Future“
March 16 until August 11, 2024, Deutsches Romantik-Museum, Senckenberg Naturmuseum, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Frankfurt am Main and Bad Homburg


Salomon Gessner. Der Wald, Ausschnitt, 1784, Gouache auf Papier, 29,1 × 40,6 cm, Zürich; EasyDB, Universität Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätsbibliothek Bern


William Turner. Der Wald von Bere, Ausschnitt, 1808, Öl auf Leinwand, 88,9 × 119,4 cm, Sussex; ArteMIS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Kunsthistorisches Institut


August Heinrich. At the Edge of the Forest, Ausschnitt, ca. 1820, Oil on canvas, 27,3 × 32,4 cm, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art


Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Im Wald von Fontainebleau, Ausschnitt, 1823 – 1824, Papier / Leinwand, 21,2 × 29,2 cm, Bristol; HeidICON – Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Ruprecht-Karl-Universität Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek


Godtfred Rump. A Wood near Frederiksborg Castle, Ausschnitt, 1831 – 1851, lærred | olie, 103 × 150,5 cm, Copenhagen; Statens Museum for Kunst


Caspar David Friedrich. Wald im Spätherbst, Ausschnitt, 1835, Öl auf Leinwand, 33 × 44 cm, Erfurt; ArteMIS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Kunsthistorisches Institut


Charles Heaphy. Kauri forest, Wairoa River, Kaipara, Ausschnitt, 1839, Aquarell, 47 × 37,5 cm, Wellington; ConedaKOR Frankfurt, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut


Elisabeth von Eicken. Junger Birkenwald im Vordarß, Ausschnitt, Öl auf Leinwand; Diathek online, Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden