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The Caspar David Friedrich Society has established this award in order to support young artists. The competition for the Caspar David Friedrich Prize is intended to promote innovative developments in the field of contemporary art.

Applications are invited from art students who have not yet completed their training and who are studying in those places and institutions where Friedrich himself lived, studied and worked – Greifswald, Copenhagen and Dresden.


Caspar David Friedrich’s first art teacher was the Greifswald architect Johann Gottfried Quistorp, who taught drawing at the town’s University. He then moved to Copenhagen and studied at the city’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1794 to 1798. On completion of his studies he settled in Dresden, where he remained from 1798 until his death in 1840. In 1824 he was appointed associate professor of landscape painting at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. We have linked the Caspar David Friedrich Prize to the geographical and institutional stages in the artist’s life.


The Caspar David Friedrich Prize is awarded to artists whose work examines current questions concerning the relationship between man, nature and art and who take Caspar David Friedrich’s work as their intellectual point of reference.

The Prize, which is awarded by the Caspar David Friedrich Society, carries a value of € 2,500 and includes an exhibition in Greifswald and the publication of a series of postcards. First awarded in 2001, it is officially conferred on the winner at the opening of the exhibition dedicated to his or her work.