Although the mountain featured in the Yeezus tour stage design seems to reference Alejandro Jodorowsky's cult film The Holy Mountain, the massive structure also resembles German painter Caspar David Friedrich's Chalk Cliffs on Rügen.
While this piece might not strike today's viewers as particularly fascinating, it was actually quite unorthodox and avant-garde for its time. Unlike his classical forefathers, Friedrich rendered paintings which diminished the role of humans. Instead, he spent his time contemplating and depicting the natural world, which was something many people couldn't understand or appreciate until years later. It's easy to see why Kanye would find inspiration in the works of an artist like Friedrich.