“I have been addicted since childhood to transcendent sci-fi book-cover illustrations; Caspar David Friedrich is the genre’s Beethoven, and his collective work, as presented in Johannes Grave‘s Caspar David Friedrich, narcotizes and inspires, and strangely, too, fills one with hope. It’s hard to resist the siren call of random titles: ‘Sleeping Child on a Grave Mound,’ ‘Burning House and Gothic Church,’ ‘Monk by the Sea.’ A quote from the artist: ‘At present I am working on a large painting, in which I am trying to portray the secret of the grave, and of the future.’”

-Author Bruce Wagner telling the Wall Street Journal about his favorite books of 2012