Ryan Grose, The Human Effect

The Etretat Cliffs after the Storm, Gustave Courbet, 1870, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
We take and conquer
Harvesters, Anna Ancher, 1905, From the collection of: Skagens Museum
We cultivate and grow
Farm at Kerity, Brittany, Charles-François Daubigny, 1838 - 1878 (active), From the collection of: Kunstmuseum
We populate it with animals
Danish Whaling Station, Abraham Speeck, 1634, From the collection of: Skokloster Castle
We kill more than we need and industrialize for our great population
Landscape with Industrial Buildings by a River, Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, 1821–1906, British, ca. 1890, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
We do this carelessly
Untitled, Burcu Perçin, 2012, From the collection of: İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
Without maintaining what we have, we leave it be to rust.
The Neustadt-Eberswalde Rolling Mill, Carl Blechen, around 1830, From the collection of: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Leaving it here and there, to pollute our world
A View of Murton Colliery near Seaham, County Durham, John Wilson Carmichael, 1799–1868, British, 1843, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
moving on to new lands, letting the others lay still
An autumn morning, Milson's Point, Sydney, Tom Roberts, 1888, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
repeating the cycle
Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joachim Patinir, circa 1520, From the collection of: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
soon to be everywhere
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