This theme is perfectly illustrated within this present lot. The dominance of nature and the transience of humankind are highlighted by the run down appearance of the building in contrast to the imposing and powerful appearance of the mountain rising out of the rough seas. At the top of what appears to be a very treacherous rocky mountain sits a solitary run down building, a set winding steps creep around the side of the mountain, once used for carrying visitors to the top of the rock form. In the foreground of the work, we see a man standing at the front of the dock gazing out onto what we assume is the vast ocean that lies in front of him. Surrounded by ocean and presumably completely isolated, it seems unusual that this duo would be found within this setting. Entitled The Recluse, it is unclear as to whether or not Alexander is referring to the building or the man, if not both.
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