Monastery Graveyard in the Snow
Friedrich's life was melancholy, isolated and little lauded, yet after his death his influence became monolithic. Besides the amazing technique that he displayed in his works, there is a tremendous thematic power that overwhelms most observers when they stare into them. There is a pervasive loneliness and miniaturization of the human spirit in his works, which he did not mean simply as an expression of his own depression, but as a representation of his love for the spiritual over the material. There are no Romanticists I can think of whose works more clearly establish their consciences and souls than those of Friedrich.
Two Men Contemplating the Moon