In Ravaged Earth, a beautiful pale green color accented by a contrasting shade of deep purple is featured prominently in the painting. The purple circle burrows quietly and steadily through the pale green mist of color, leaving a furrow in its path. The slow and steady progress of the purple circle is ravaging the landscape, despite its small size and seemingly placid journey across the painting. The colors of this piece are beautiful, and it gives a very calm impression, which is intriguing, considering the violent implications of the painting’s title.
This painting seems to be describing a different way that something can be ravaged. Damage can be done in many ways. It is not only by catastrophic disaster that destruction can occur, because damage can also be the result of a slow and steady wearing away. This is the way that the purple ball has affected its landscape. Through slow and steady progress across the painting, the purple ball has weathered the landscape of the painting, much in the same way that wind and water shape our own natural landscape by weathering.
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