Abbey among Oak Trees is a very somber piece. The trees are bare, indicating that it is wintertime. In addition to that, the moon is high, indicating both the season and how late in the day it is. Beyond the initial mood the painting sets, the eye immediately goes to the Abbey. Settles between Oak trees, the Abbey is in ruins. Having endured many winters, possible wars, the Abbey’s windows are in disrepair and the structure is in shambles. Despite the ruins though, you get a sense of grandeur from the Gothic ruins; the essence of how the building used to stand is strong. In the foreground, a procession of figures are visible taking a coffin into the ruined building. It stirs up strong emotions of death and sadness. Mortality and the human curse of time are very evident in this piece, from the bare trees, to the ruins, and the fact that the Abbey (in ruins) is still being used as a place of solace. Traditions lose their place in this piece. There is a strong sense of nature in the piece as well. The Oak Trees are huge and seem to have won their fight with man and the Abbey. I get a sense of God as nature in this piece, showing that the old Oaks who were present ages before the Abbey are still standing, resisting things as human as premature death. There are many things happening within this picture plane; there is human mortality/ time, a sense of natures burden to bear witness to human err, and there’s also the sky with a crescent moon demonstrating the vast unknown (perhaps God) as well as lending to the piece an idea of the vastness of space and how relative time can be.