Someone woke up on the wrong side of the Empire this morning… -LD
Destruction, the fourth of Thomas Cole’s series of five paintings called The Course of Empire, 1833-36.
Like said above, this is the fourth painting in a series by the total bamf Thomas Cole called The Course of Empire, painted during the Romantic era. This is the last scene, when the empire is undergoing mass destruction (looks pretty shitty for them). This is just how Cole saw stuff happening; he thought things happened in patterns, and the natural course of an empire was for it to, some day, fall. Pretty freaking dismal, yes? When Cole painted this, the world was changing, people were questioning authority A LOT, and the idea of “empire” was shifting: is it good ? Is it bad? WE MAY NOT EVEN KNOW TODAY.