The Barbara Blackman Temenos Foundation Lecture

Caspar David Friedrich and German Romanticism

Jack Herbert, Fellow of the Temenos Academy, London

6pm Wednesday 4 September

James O. Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia


Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is the most widely acclaimed German painter of the Romantic period. Living and working at the same time as Turner and Constable, Friedrich painted breathtaking landscapes steeped in rich symbolism. Often incorporating morning mists and other light effects based on a close observation of nature, some of Friedrich's best-known paintings are expressions of religious mysticism. Friedrich's work has had to wait for recognition in English speaking countries. The first major exhibition of his work at took place as recently as 1972 at the Tate Gallery London.

Jack Herbert will place Friedrich in a social and cultural context and make connections with other aspects of Romanticism. Drawing upon the artist's writings and those of his literary friends, the lecture will explore some of the inner meanings of Friedrich's work.

Jack Herbert began his studies in literature at Nottingham University. Subsequent research into the work of William Blake was at Christ's College Cambridge and the University of Munster. He has taught at Kyushu University in Japan and the University of Munich. In 1991 he was made a Fellow of the Temenos Academy, London where he has continued to teach and lecture on Goethe, Hung, Rilke, Coleridge, D.H. Lawrence and Caspar David Friedrich.

The Barbara Blackman Temenos Foundation brings to Australia leading international experts in art, architecture, literature and philosophy to discuss the spiritual principles of their chosen areas of scholarship.

For further information:
David Sequeira, Public Programs +61 2 6240 6521