It was painted between 1809 and 1810 in Dresden and was first shown together with the painting The Monk by the Sea in the Prussian Academy of Arts exhibition of 1810. The artist has chosen to depict an architectural ruin; it may testify to the sublimity of the past, but it is a monument in a graveyard. Over the abbey, there's a lancet window in disrepair, with many broken grilles and where no glass remains. s.mustafich says: September 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm. The colors used as well as the disheveled graveyard surrounding the abbey give off themes of melancholy, death, and emptiness. This painting is one of over two dozen of Friedrich's works that include cemeteries or graves. On Friedrich's request The Abbey in the Oakwood was hung beneath The Monk by the Sea. Eldena Abbey may well have had personal meaning for Friedrich, as it was destroyed during the Thirty Years War by invading Swedish troops, who later used bricks from the abbey to construct fortifications. Friedrich’s The Abbey in the Oakwood first draws the audience in with the Gothic ruins of an abbey in the middle of the work; the only part of the building remaining is its facade with a large, crumbling lancet window. The cemetery, located in … These two paintings were The Monk by the Sea and the Abbey in the Oakwood. The same trees, in slightly altered forms, can also be seen in other works. This ruin is surrounded by completely barren oak trees (this, the snow, and the dark, dreary, almost dull colors show that this painting takes place during winter) as well as the sky … The Abbey in the Oakwood is based upon studies of the ruins of Eldena Abbey, which reappear in several other paintings. The Abbey in the Oakwood is an expression of grief at the loss of a great past. In front of the abbey's gate there's a crucifix. The Abbey in the Oakwood depicts a gloomy and abandoned graveyard surrounding an abandoned abbey in the midst of a dark forest. The Abbey in the Oak Forest, An analysis of this painting, Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 - 7 May 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, For example, in The Abbey in the Oakwood, Abbey in an Oak Forest Winterr Morning in the Riesengebirge The Cross on the Mountain Monastery Graveyard in the Snow Wanderer above the Sea of Fog Abbey … The Abbey in the Oakwood (German: Abtei im Eichwald) is an oil painting by Caspar David Friedrich. The abbey is obviously in ruins because some cracks and breaks can be seen on its walls.