Caspar David Friedrich, Evening 
“… Joseph Koerner has written… sensitive lines about the effect of those two figures in the painting. Put a finger over the painting, he suggests, blocking out the figures. Immediately the restlessness is calmed… Lift the finger, though, and the landscape suddenly turns and centers on those two figures. They haul us into the scene and from then on we are always moving: it is as if we are left behind, rushing to catch up, and they are ahead, farther into the darkness. We are always late, even later than they are.”
- James Elkins, Pictures & Tears
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