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Artistic representations of our plight


farnaby

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With discussion of our financial woes becoming ever more apocalyptic, it will be interesting to see what art comes out of this period and in what form. Another literary Nobel laureate perhaps; or a cinematic masterpiece worthy of Huston or Ford.

That will most likely take a few years. In the meantime what historical art do posters feel resonates with the time and place we live in?

My suggestion is Tyrol by Franz Marc (1914). Remote houses seem almost flattened by the ominous towering mountain range (symbolic of our own property-related debt mountain). Barren trees also feature (as our economy bears little fruit) including a blackened fallen tree trunk resembling a deathly scythe (threats of IMF, EFSF and worse). A black sun signals the apocalypse (generations of economic stagnation, misery and emigration – again). Yet in the centre appears the Virgin Mary with child – signifying hope and protection, a call to last prayers – or perhaps a hopeless resurgence of the same old Catholic Church we thought we had rejected? Marc completed this just before he was sent to the front lines in WW1 – he was killed in action two years later. Europe torn apart again by economic disorder?

 


Green eyed monster

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Since it will be future generations who will pay the price for the mostly old farts who caused this, i thought that Saturn Devouring His Son by De Goya the most appropriate...

 

Green eyed monster

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Or maybe Salvador Dali...



Here the devastated nation and the bankers are locked in a horrible grip, the banker is already lost but reaching up tries to grab the teat of the nation to shake out a few more drops (well 50 billion is not a few drops of course) of sustenance.

The previous too close marriage between them was disastrous for the nation, which tries to push away.
 

Mitsui2

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Since it will be future generations who will pay the price for the mostly old farts who caused this, i thought that Saturn Devouring His Son by De Goya the most appropriate...

Bloody excellent choice! Have had this image in mind several times when thinking about this whole situation.
 

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