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  1. Romanticism is an era for which the concept of hero was the key. It is like a model of romantic behavior, an” intermediary ” that invites the viewer to “enter” the canvas with their eyes and immerse themselves in the contemplation of the philosophical landscape, gaining feelings and thoughts similar to the characters. We must not forget about the important postulate of the loss, insignificance of a small person in the large and majestic world of natural, often deified (especially among German Romantics) nature. Thus, the heroes of the canvases, contemplating the boundless expanses of the sea or mighty mountain peaks overgrown with centuries-old forests, clearly demonstrate this defenselessness, insignificance and short-term nature of human life in the face of archaic forces of nature. It is interesting that the characters almost always turn their backs to the viewer, their gaze is directed into the distance, and we do not see their faces – they are not important, their individuality is not interesting, it is important to listen to the feelings and thoughts of these typical little people, which can be penetrated even by seeing only their pose, head tilt, etc.

    By the way, such intermediary characters are not necessary at all, often the same Friedrich left the viewer to comprehend the greatness of the revealed landscapes himself. Or the figures of people can be so cleverly hidden among, for example, trees that the viewer will not see them immediately. But when they are still discovered, the effect of their diminution, their insignificance, loss and powerlessness due to this technique will increase a hundredfold.

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