FRIEDRICH, Caspar David

German painter (b. 1774, Greifswald, d. 1840, Dresden)

Rocky Reef on the Sea Shore

c. 1824

Oil on canvas, 22 x 31 cm

Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

This painting is closely related to The Sea of Ice (Kunsthalle, Hamburg) and it was probably executed only shortly afterwards. It probably depicts the western tip of the Isle of Wight off Bournemouth, a view which Friedrich may have known from engravings. The rocky needles in the sea recall the ice formations in the Hamburg painting.