Acrylic on canvas
When watching over the shoulder of the protagonist of this painting, we can see a village or small town in the distance. To reach this, the man probably has to take a bridge. The man still has a long way to go. Is this town the final destination of the man? The title suggests not. We can’t find out much of the man who is turned with his back to us.
In some way the man doesn’t belong in this picture. His clothes and briefcase don’t suggest that he is a vagabond. On the other hand you don’t suspect an employee with briefcase at foot in this kind of desolate road, far away from civilization. You expect him on a busy train, queuing in a line of cars or walking on a hectic sidewalk of a city, targeted on his way to his office.
The mysterious atmosphere is amplified by the hazy brush strokes and the chiaroscuro. The canvas consists of pronounced dark and light parts. The border between dark and light is formed between the diagonal line from the right upper corner to the left bottom corner. Because of htis, the man is placed in the darker part, the destination in the lighter part. Because the man is on the foreground -and as a result bigger- he first draws the attention, but shortly after that, the eye is lead to the lighter horizon.
The title of the painting could be a reference to the painting with the same name of Caspar David Friedrich
. On this painting you can also see a sharp dressed man, seen from the back, staring over a see of mist. Here, also a strong light-dark contrast is present.
Or maybe it is a contemporary adaptation of an Old English poem about a wanderer who finally sees the light after long nostalgic musing?
Of maybe it is a reference to the U2
song with the same name, which starts like this:
It would be a feat if Boss had all 3 references in mind when making this painting.