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Caspar David Friedrich: Moonwatchers

September 11–November 11, 2001

Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon: Nationalgalerie Version

Controversy surrounds the date of the Nationalgalerie's version, Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon, whose whereabouts before 1922 are unknown. In this painting, the light of early dusk creates a contrast between the darkened foreground and the luminous void of the sky. The silhouette of a dead tree with spiky branches and menacing exposed roots dominates the picture, and the two people seem stiff and mute. It has been suggested that the couple represents Friedrich and his wife Caroline.