FRIEDRICH, Caspar David
(b. 1774, Greifswald, d. 1840, Dresden)

Moonrise by the Sea

c. 1822
Oil on canvas, 55 x 71 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Evening now replies to morning. The annual round subjugates humankind to its law. Distances can no longer be gauged in rational terms, so that water, ships, moon and sky open up a dream world extending between yearning and melancholy, between near and far, between this world and the universe. Looking becomes meditative contemplation.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 6 minutes):
Franz Schubert: An den Mond (To the Moon) (Goethe) D 296