Karl Blechen. Building the Devil’s Bridge. (1833).
German Painter and landscape designer of the Romanticism school Karl Edouard Ferdinand Blechen is known for his free and realistic compositions and to have been one of the first German painters to represent the world of industry. (Foundry of Neustadt in 1834).
The elements announced in the Devil’s Bridge are found in its later works.
The characteristic of this painting is that it puts in scene the human activity in an imposing decoration, in the middle of an imposing and monumental nature. By this setting in situation the picture raises the fundamental question of the domestication of the environment by the man and by the play of the proportions it induces an awakening of the real place of the man in front of the size and to the majesty not only of this landscape but also of nature in general. Died too early, alienated to 42 years, Karl Blechen puts questions always of topicality and request which is the real place of the man in this world…
Compared to the horizon suggested by the shades and the light the scene is represented in diving, sight of in top. This effect of prospect crushes and reduces the forms.
The bridge is located on low tension field, close to the natural point of interest lower right. The human activity is concentrated on one the left third of the painting.
The clear and dark zones are well delimited. Apart from the sky the clear zones are reserved for the places where the man can interact.
The principal guiding lines converge towards the bridge.
Within this imposing and gigantic landscape the men are very small.
The bridge is not completely completed, its position in the center of the picture is against the snow-covered mountainous solid mass in top with the background.
This top where one perceives snow by his position and his form is against the bridge.
The scene is lit by one perforated through the mountain in top on the left.
Harmonie entre couleurs chaudes.
Harmonize and contrasts :
The carryforward of the colors used to work out the painting on the chromatic circle indicates a harmony between hot colors.
Similar paintings :
Karl Blechen. Sans Souci Palace. (1830).
Karl Blechen. Gorge at Amalfi. (1831).
Karl Blechen. Tivoli Gardens at the Villa d'Este. ( 1831).