Klaus Herding. Reinventing romance?


Type of book: Softcover

Number of pages: 72

Pictures: 60

Size: 15 x 20 cm

ISBN: 978-3-947313-00-6

Published on: August 22, 2017

SKU: EF001

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Contemporary art often unmistakably refers to Romanticism. If we do not simply want to see this as a backward-looking trend, the question arises as to where the points of contact lie. Does Romantic art, understood as a questioning of the world and self-exploration, carry a potential that can also be productive for contemporary art? By analyzing selected works by Caspar David Friedrich and Spitzweg, Ingres and Doré, William Hunt and James Whistler, Feininger and Max Ernst, right up to Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter, numerous connections are demonstrated. What has proven to be sustainable over two hundred years is less the motifs of Romantic art than its potential to change the world with creative restlessness. This opens up a new perspective on an area that seemed all too familiar to us.


About the author

Klaus Herding is one of the most important and internationally renowned art historians of our time. In addition to his research focus on caricature, emotion research and the history of revolution and industry, he is particularly dedicated to the works of the artists Gustave Courbet and Pierre Puget. Klaus Herding has also published numerous books and essays on a wide range of topics in modern art history.

After completing his doctorate in art history at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and his habilitation in Hamburg, he worked as a research assistant at the Technical University of Berlin before being appointed professor at the University of Hamburg (1975-1993). From 1993 to 2005 he held the Chair of European Art History at the Institute of Art History at the University of Frankfurt am Main. He was also the founder and editor of the "kunststück" series with 103 volumes. In 2007, he was awarded the Hessian Culture Prize.


  • Edition Fichter, Frankfurt am Main 2017
  • Softcover
  • 72 pages with 60 illustrations
  • 15 x 20 cm
  • 0.3 kg
  • ISBN: 978-3-947313-00-6



Romanticism; Modernism; Art history; Analysis; Image analysis

Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg









Publication date

August 22, 2017

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