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Philippe Otto Runge (1777-1810 ) was a Romantic German painter and draughtsman. Although he made a late start to his career and died young, he ranks second only to Caspar David Friedrich among German Romantic painters. Runge was of a mystical, deeply Christian turn of mind, and in his artistic work he tried to express notions of the harmony of the universe through symbolism of colour, form, and numbers. He considered blue, yellow, and red to be symbolic of the Christian trinity and equated blue with God and the night, red with morning, evening, and Jesus, and yellow with the Holy Spirit.   more from wikipedia »