The Origin of Modern Movie Posters - Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

The Origin of Modern Action Movie Posters

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There’s an old adage, which states that everything in life always comes back full circle. The most obvious examples of this comes from art, fashion, design and other similar forms of creativity. Most recently, an interesting trend has been making the rounds, which originates from a piece of artwork painted almost 200 years ago. The oil painting at the centre of the trend is the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by German-Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich.

Short Description: The painting is composed of a number of different elements, which mainly focuses on a young man overlooking mountains of the Elbsandsteingebirge in Saxony and Bohemia. The interesting feature of this painting is that the young man has his back turned toward the viewer, which places more emphasis on the background than most paintings.

You may be wondering what a painting, which was painted in 1818 has to do with modern day poster design. During the last few years, designers have reused the imagery of a lone hero with their back to the viewer in a number of blockbuster movie posters. This theme has become somewhat clichéd, especially with the most recent posters for Star Trek: Into Darkness and Oblivion. The most obvious of these, however, comes from the After Earth poster that reproduces the original scene down to the fog and mountains in the background. Here’s an example of a few of such poster designs, some more closely resembling Wanderer above the Sea of Fog:

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