(Runge, Philipp Otto) (1777-1810) - Gunnar Berefelt: Philipp Otto Runge zwischen Aufbruch und Opposition 1777-1802.
Stockholm / Uppsala, Almqvist & Wiksell, 1961. Diss. 8vo. [ii] + 256 pp. + 72 pp. of plates with a total of 174 illustrations. With index.
Bound with printed wrappers in half vellum with marbled sides (T. Nilsson, Lund). Very fine.
In German. Auf Deutsch. (Stockholm Studies in History of Art, 7.)
Philipp Otto Runge (1777-1810) was born in Wolgast, Western Pomerania, then under Swedish rule. He began studies in painting under Jens Juel at the Copenhagen Academy in 1799, and in 1801 he moved to Dresden to continue his studies, where he met Caspar David Friedrich, Ludwig Tieck, and his future wife Pauline Bassenge. In 1803 Runge unexpectedly met Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the two formed a friendship based on their common interests in colour and art. Runge was of a mystical, deeply Christian turn of mind, and in his artistic work he tried to express notions of the harmony of the universe through symbolism of colour, form, and numbers. Runge was also one of the best German portraitists of his period; several examples are in Hamburg. His style was rigid, sharp, and intense, at times almost naïve. He died young of Tubercolosis in 1810.
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