"The fallacy of the partial description". -- We saw two exciting exhibitions at the *Albertina Art Museum* today: "Edvard Munch: Love, Death, and Loneliness", and "Worlds of Romanticism". It felt good to finally expand my knowledge of Munch's oeuvre beyond "The Scream". That said, Munch's most famous work sums up his dominant state of mind. Death, despair, loss, melancholy, jealousy, anger, angst ... are ever-present, and declared the core of human existence in both artistic works and occasional writings. -- Truth be told, I can take only so much of such depressing outlook. Not that I want to deny that these elements are part of life -- but why think that they are "the core"? In a completely different context, Larry Laudan has coined the phrase "the fallacy of the partial description": It is the mistake of thinking that just because x can be described as P, P is the only correct description. It nicely sums up what I think it wrong with the existentialism of dread and despair. -- The "Worlds of Romanticism" focused on the Austrian, Catholic, wing with its attempts to revive Medieval religious art. I was more taken by Caspar David Friedrich's paintings, especially the "Three Generations" and "The View of Arcona with Rising Moon".