Hegel and The Sea of Ice

  • Andrew Jay Svedlow
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 119)


A Hegelian dialectic is built upon in this essay as a basis to interpret and better understand Casper David Friedrich’s The Sea of Ice (Das Eismeer) painted in 1823–1824 and now residing in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany. The author’s transactional experience with this iconic German Romanticist painting is viewed as both a distinct phenomenological revelation and as a means to unfold the emerging spirit of the painting. The painting is placed within the context of the aesthetic thinking of the time of its creation and is brought out of its historical framework in order to bring forward a personal perspective aligned with the writings of Hegel.


Hegel Friedrich Romanticism Phenomenology Spirit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Art and DesignUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreeleyUSA

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