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?