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The Lonely Ones is the quintessential symbolist print. Two figures on the shore stare out to sea. By both her placement and the physical division of the block (which in this state is sawn into three parts with the figure of the woman cut to form a separate entity) the woman moves away over the water. The male figure, meanwhile, is firmly rooted to the shore emphasising the separation from his companion.
Gerd Woll, in her catalogue raisonné, records an impression in the second state in the colors described in the present example. In later states there is considerable additional work added in the foreground and a moon is introduced between the two figures.