The Stages of Life (Lebensstufen), c.1835 Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)

Location: Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig Germany
Original Size: 72.5 x 94 cm

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Condition:Unframed
SKU:FCD-2904
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The Stages of Life
Friedrich probably painted The Stages of Life in 1835, shortly before his second major stroke. It shows the popular promenading point of Utkiek in Wieck, where the people of Greifswald often went to watch the ships as they approached Greifswald harbour. The five figures on the shore have been identified as Friedrich himself and members of his family. They are mirrored by five ships on the sea, sailing quietly towards the bay. Their mysterious silhouettes and the strange gestures of the figures suggest that this is more than just a memento of a family excursion. The picture has been interpreted as a metaphorical voyage through life, ending in death - 'the eternal resting place'.
The two small children in the picture are waving the Swedish flag, for Friedrich's Greifswald was originally part of Swedish Pomerania. In 1815, however, Swedish Pomerania was absorbed into Prussia.
The ships are silhouetted against a poetic evening sky, streaked with violet and yellow, and with a glimpse of the sickle moon.
The studies of ships that Friedrich used for the painting date back to 1818. Years later, he has emphasized the mast's crucifix form.
The figures in the picture represent the four stages of life - childhood, youth, maturity and old age. Friedrich's young children, Gustav Adolf and Agnes, play with a flag, watched by his eldest daughter, Emma. The man facing us is probably a nephew; the elderly man is Friedrich himself.
The Stages of Life - one of his most mysterious images - reveals a lasting preoccupation with the theme of mortality. It has been interpreted as a premonition of death. The artist appears in the painting walking slowly towards the seashore. His figure is echoed by a ghostly ship. Now nearing the end of its voyage, the ship is a poignant symbol of man's passage from birth to death.

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