Charcoal plays all sorts of tricks on the eye and mind. Here the figure started much smaller, and yet with each new viewing, it appears closer to you. The scenery is also evolving as one watches it, revealing the figure to be standing at a crossroads, waiting to bargain a deal. There is little in this desolate field, except the lone tree we see in the distance behind his left leg, and what might be the steeple of some village church off in the distance to his right. No matter where you look, the eye is drawn back to the face and smoky body of this devil.

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