Date 04.05.2022

RASSVET’s artworks on 19th century German romantic landscapes

‘RASSVET 10 returns with its last drop featuring an exciting new artistic collaboration. The limited-edition capsule collection features 2 skateboards and 5 ready-to-wear items inspired by works of Caspar David Friedrich (Greifswald, 5 September 1774 – Dresden, 7 May 1840).

The international skate brand’s capsule includes two of the artist’s classic paintings Giant Mountains and Two men by the sea, throughout all-over prints on a full denim set, t-shirts, 2 boards and even a cozy blanket.

Both paintings have been re-appropriated as an all-over print on the denim silhouette, the 2 skateboards, and the drapey throw. The complete artworks are displayed in their entirety on 2 short-sleeved t-shirts against either black or bright green backgrounds.

Set against the backdrop of bucolic Mont Saint Michel, the lookbook, shot by photographer Nicholás Efimtsev, presents the pieces in a moody atmosphere, diffusing a sense of melancholy and matching the aesthetics of the German master’s paintings.

The capsule collection will launch at all Dover Street Market locations and RASSVET retailers from tomorrow, May 5th 2022.


A presentation of both masterpieces:

Giant Mountains (View of the Small Sturmhaube from Warmbrunn). 1810-s

In the work of the celebrated German painter, a friend of Goethe and Zhukovsky, the mountain landscape is associated with one of the main philosophical themes of German Romanticism: man’s loneliness in the face of the incomprehensible and endless expanses of eternal nature, which arouse anxiety and melancholy in the artist’s soul. The picture was painted under the impression of a journey to the northern Alps, Harz and Giant mountains made in July 1810.

Two men by the sea. 1830-1835.

The theme of the sea and people on the shore has been a recurrent theme in the work of Caspar David Friedrich and is reflected both in paintings and graphic works. This sepia is one of the rare Friedrich works that bears his signature, which speaks of its significance for the artist himself. The sheet belongs to one of the master’s later works, when he was seriously ill and could no longer work on paintings and used his earlier preparatory sketches and paintings to create independent watercolors and sepia paintings. Therefore, many of the sepia paintings created in the last years of his life are consonant with the artist’s paintings. The drawing echoes the 1817 painting Two men by the sea from the collection of the Berlin National Gallery.’