Tuesday, February 10, 2009


A-level literature students might be familiar with this, as it's the cover image of an edition of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. I guess after a long period of having this book by me, I've fallen in love with this image. It's actually a painting by Caspar David Friedrich, a 19th century German Romantic landscape painter. I love the sandy palette, the haziness, dream-like quality of the landscape, and the ambiguity of the two figures. They seem poised to enter a realm of the unknown by crossing a mysterious gateway. Mists, gothic ruins and a generally haunting mood are characteristic of Friedrich's works.

"A believer who struggled with doubt, a celebrator of beauty haunted by darkness. In the end, he transcends interpretation, reaching across cultures through the compelling appeal of his imagery."

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