A Walk at Dusk by Caspar David Friedrich

00104601A Walk at Dusk (Getty Museum).

I came across this beautiful painting by Caspar David Friedrich and it reminded me of my recent trips to various megalithic sites around Perthshire.

The man in the painting is staring at the stones, which perhaps are symbolising sorrow or death, and the land around him is quite bare, with leafless trees in the foreground, which makes one suppose that it must be a Winter’s evening. The moon lights the scene beautifully, giving the landscape a warm red which echoes the rich red of the man’s robes.

The misty background adds to the atmosphere, as it did when I visited the stones at Killin. This is one of many gems which Friedrich painted which echoed his love of nature and the sense of spirituality which it gave him.


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