Met, NYC, April 2018
Thomas Cole’s famous 5-painting warning against hubris (1833-1836) becomes ever more relevant:
The Savage State (there is a worse fate);
Arcadia (post-Rousseau, not the way to go);
Consummation of Empire (tipping point, trip wire);
Destruction (build and lose escutcheon);
Desolation (it comes to every nation).
Thomas Cole was not a fun guy, but he knew a thing or two about declination, like Spengler…