A Swan among Reeds by Moonlight (detail), September 18, 1852, Carl Gustav Carus. Charcoal with white chalk heightening on brown paper. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Zeitgeist: Art in the Germanic World, 1800–1900


West Pavilion, Plaza Level

Between 1800 and 1900 the Germanic world underwent profound intellectual, social, economic, and political changes. The Industrial Revolution, the formal unification of Germany into a nation state, and the invention of psychoanalysis shaped modern life and its representations in art. This exhibition—which includes the works of Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), Philipp Otto Runge (1777–1810), and Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)—brings together paintings, drawings, and prints from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and distinguished local private collections to examine this pivotal moment in Germanic history. 

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