Duchamp’s antithesis is one of the Modern cultural world’s inaugural
Romantic artists – the German landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich.
Whilst one disputed the creative individual within the art world, the other
exemplified the individual creative practitioner.
Friedrich’s paintings are the epitome of the Romantic art
movement at the end of the 17th, and start of the 18th century.
His paintings were a subjective response to nature, demanding serious
reflection on the then new idea of the sublime. One of Friedrich’s most
well know works is The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, that contains
this idea of the individual and the sublime; the ‘wanderer’ having climbed
atop a mountain pinnacle to contemplate the natural world alone.
My ‘wanderer’ contemplates his pissoir alone.