In its first ever joint exbibition project with the Kunstfest,
the Klassik Stiftung Weimar will present an exhibition starting 27 August 2020 featuring 120 masterpieces of German Romanticism including numerous brightly coloured aquarelles. Most of the works belong to the collections which Goethe had originally established for the Grand Duke of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach and himself. The seven sections of the exhibition are arranged in chronological order and according to aesthetic qualities. The body of works comprise portraits, genre images, depictions of castle ruins, compositions inspired by Bible stories and medieval
legends, and above all, landscapes in which idealism
and naturalism converge. Literature, fine arts and music underwent far-reaching changes during the Romantic period. Although the works of this era are stylistically quite diverse, they all express passion and a high degree of subjectivity in terms of perspective. Drawings became the most prevalent and innovative form of artistic expression, and many German artists achieved mastery in the genre. In addition to Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Runge and Johann Füssli, the exhibition features drawings by over 35 other artists including Tischbein, Carstens, Fohr, Horny, von Schadow, Schinkel, von Schwind, Richter and the
Nazarene artists Overbeck and Schnorr von Carolsfeld.
The exhibition especially highlights the opulent works of the
late Romantic period by von Schwind and his contemporaries.