'Chalk Cliffs on Rügen' (around 1818)
From 1806 onward, Caspar David Friedrich traveled widely in Germany — from Rügen, where he repeatedly immortalized the chalk cliffs (see above) in his paintings, to the Harz Mountains and the Ore Mountains. He relished in rough, untouched nature. He made detailed sketches of rocks, trees and clouds. A euphoric review by Heinrich von Kleist made his paintings known to a wider audience.