The painting by Theodore Gericault, “Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct,” embodies the romantic themes present during the 18th century. this painting share themes with the Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. This painting, in particular the builds and the tree in ruins, is representative of the themes and ideal of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The reason that it does is it shows the dichotomy of civilization and nature. In the painting, there are two specific points that i see it. The first one is the building with the 2 window.
this portion if the painting shows themes within the romantic literary because the base of the building blends smoothly into ground. Romanticism focuses on the blending of nature and humanity. for example, in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Wordsworth states that.
“Day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion”
This quote relates to the blending because they both show how humanity can only work around the will of nature. Even though humanity is the Apex predator, we still are subjected to the power and will of nature. The second place that shows romaric themes is the ruins with the tree coming out of it at the top left of the painting.
These ruins are covered in moss and a tree growing out of it. This Oak tree symbolize the power nature holds over humanity. Even though, humanity is capable of create long standing architectural feats, they still will never outlast the will of nature. This tree growing out of rube shows how humanity can only work around nature, but never control it fully. At the end of the day, when civilisation leaves, nature will always reclaim the land. this concept of the absolute power is integral to the ideas of romanticism Humanity is only an inhabit in mother earth, meaning we that we can build around it and manipulate it to a degree, but we will never wiled the power absolutely control it.