Friday, 22 January 2010

It was a summer evening:


Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840): Moonrise over the sea




Monument Valley, Arizona


Old Caspar's work was done...


...for him already.

10 comments:

I, Like The View said...

sumptuous, a moving reminder of our place within the greater world

Rog said...

The top one, if you desaturate it, could have been taken by Ansell Adams.

They oddly don't look nearly 200 years old at all.

Z said...

That reminds me of friends of ours when I was a child - their daughters were 8 and 10 years younger than I. Mother was lovely but ever so slightly pompous. On seeing a glorious sunset, she turned to younger daughter Kate and said "If one saw that in a painting, one would not believe the artist's palette" (with accent on the second syllable). My mother and Kate shared a little smirk.

Dave said...

Whilst in the National Gallery yesterday, I went to look at one painting especially, in memory of you.

More about that, no doubt, on my blog during next week.

Christopher said...

I: Yes, indeed. And we need to be reminded of it.

*shakes fist at eternity*

Rog: I had to look Ansel A. up, having thought hitherto that Ansell's was a brewery, which made your remark about desaturation especially arcane. Thanks for laying on this new barrel of photographic delight.

Z: Good to hear from you and the hip joint you frequent (to use a 50/60s expression I'm sure you're much too young to remember). Sharing a smirk? Yes, smirks are made for two, like Daisy's bicycle.

Dave: It's really good to be thought of. Thank you. But in memory? As Mark Twain said, 'Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated'. Hope you enjoyed the exhibition.

Sarah said...

R U in Arizona? tsk...lovely skies.

My house is in the enviable position (highest point in Essex apparently)where I can see the sun rise from by bedroom and set as I'm cooking supper and both are very often spectacular. For years I have meant to keep a daily record, in photos....but with a truly colossal hangover, missed the start of another year.....

Christopher said...

No, Sarah, just at home in the Languedoc, tho' I was in Arizona a few years back, when I got this photo, singing Schubert songs in Prescott, trying not to fall into the Grand Canyon and marvelling at the narrowness of Old London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, one of the most desperate places on earth.

Highest point in Essex? They say oxygen is a great cure for hangovers.

zIggI said...

in my ignorance I can only say what lovely, lovely images.

(I did wonder about that 'in memory')

Sarah said...

Would'nt know about the oxygen thing....there isn't much around when you are lying on the floor... did you just...Tsk ?

Christopher said...

Zigs: I'm glad to be alive enough to say 'Hi!'

Sarah: Your utterances tremble with hidden meanings, like the Delphic Oracle. Did I just what?