Caspar David Friedrich, 'Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer' ca. 1817, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany.
Photo: hanneoria, fickr.com
As I am preparing my installation "Wedge" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit in April, I often think about some of the paintings by Caspar David Friedrich. Some of his best paintings are in the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The "Wanderer" is one that I like a lot. As much I can identify with the moment that one experiences when reaching the top of a hill or an outlook after a hike only up, and feeling exhausted yet also the center of it all, it also makes me wonder. Who is this man? Who is looking at him from behind? And that landscape... too pretty to be true. One tries to have a change of vantage point, and what does he see or what does he feel?
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Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator living in the Boston area.