Art has long been in existence beginning from the cave paintings of the prehistoric era and has since branched into various forms that can be touched, seen, heard, smelled and tasted – even cooking has evolved to be titled “the culinary arts”. However, although man’s methods of making art have developed throughout time, the roots from which the art of man stems – his feelings and thoughts – have not. Art is ambiguous and tangible; but its subject of emotion is universal. Two entirely different works could be analysed and their fundamental ideas could be the same. In the comparison between an 1859 art piece titled “Approaching Thunder Storm” and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, there naturally exist similarities of motifs, scenes, and character. The theme conveyed by the landscape painting through its colour and composition is similar to that of The Great Gatsby, in which both works suggest an image of solitude inherent in man as a result of his individual failures and yearnings.