This is one of the best Friedrich paintings devoted to the theme of death and resurrection. “Abbey in an oak forest” is considered a pair work for the painting “Monk by the Sea”. If the monk portrayed by the sea still belongs to the earthly life, here he has already moved to the next world. In the foreground, the viewer sees an open grave – a symbol of inevitably approaching death. The upper part of the picture is illuminated by an unearthly radiance, which gives hope for the coming resurrection for eternal life.
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