carl spitweg

Carl Spitweg, “The Poor Poet”, 1839

[…Perhaps the work is so popular because it comes close to one of our occasional dreams - of retreating to within our four walls, of devoting ourselves to books rather that to reality, of escaping from the ugly world outside into a safe, inner world of beauty, cushioned by soft pillows, beneath a sheltering umbrella…] (What Great Paintings Say, Taschen)