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Provenance

Professor Ernst Ehlers [1835-1925], Göttingen, by 1902; (sale Leipzig, C.G. Boerner, 1935, no. 84, pl. 6); Neff Collection, Stuttgart; C.G. Boerner, Dusseldorf; purchased 1992 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1906
Königliche Nationalgalerie. Deutsche Jahrhundert-Ausstellung 1775-1875 Zeichnungen und Aquarelle. Exh. cat. Berlin, Germany, 1906, 2438.
1992
Dürer to Diebenkorn: Recent Acquisitions of Art of Paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1992, no. 54.
2000
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000-2001, as Moonrise on an Empty Shore (Mondaufgang am Strand von Ruschwitz auf Rügen).
2000
Art for the Nation:Collecting for a New Century, NGA, Washington, D.C., 2000, 208.
Bibliography
1960
Börsch-Supan, Helmut. Die Bildgestaltung bei Caspar David Friedrich, Munich, 1960 (dissertation, Berlin 1958), p. 79, note 1.
1970
Werner Sumowski, Caspar David Friedrich-Studien, Wiesbaden, 1970, pp.153, 155.
1973
Helmut Börsch-Supan and Karl Wilhelm Jähnig, Caspar David Friedrich, Gemälde, Druckgraphik und bildmässige Zeichnungen, Munich, 1973, p. 472, no. 487 (mentioned under nos. 483, 484, 485, 486).
1992
Robison, Andrew. "Moonrise on an Empty Shore." National Gallery of Art Circle Bulletin 9 (1992): 30-31.
2001
Parshall, Linda and Peter. "A Twice-Told Tale: Brentano & Schinkel on Paper." Art on Paper 5, no. 6 (July-August 2001): 42-43, fig. 6 (color).
2001
Robison, Andrew, "Later American Collectors of Later German Drawings," Master Drawings 39, no. 2, Summer 2001, 183, 184-185, fig. 14.
2004
Festgabe für Marianne Küffner zum 3. Oktober 2004. Dusseldorf, 2004: no. 6, repro. (as "Rügenküste bei Monaufgang").
2010
Kunz , Armin. “German Drawings, Washington.” Review of German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection 1580-1900.” In The Burlington Magazine 152, no. 1,290 (October 2010): 702.
2010
Robison, Andrew. "German Drawings for the National Gallery of Art: The Wolfgang Ratjen Collection." National Gallery of Art Bulletin 42 (Spring 2010): 4, 5, 11, color fig. 4.
2011
Grummt, Christina. Caspar David Friedrich: Die Zeichnungen, Das gesamte Werk. 2 vols. Munich, 2011: 2: 901, no. 995, color repro.