Harriet Beecher Stowe Tina in window, musicians Three blind eyes Four Horsemen

In the red canvas Richmond burns.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, who a decade before the war had written Uncle Tom’s Cabin, sits on a raft in the center. She stares at the viewer, daring you to enter her world. It is not just Uncle Tom’s Cabin she holds, but mankind’s fate. The chair turns to snakes. The musicians, waist deep in blood, play as the four horsemen of the apocalypse ride in from the right. The men in the foreground do not see you. They are seeing their own futures, and three of them reappear as central figures in the white canvas. Two men have a blind eye, representing World Wars I and II. The dog, also with a blind eye, represents World War III, in which even the animals will die. I stand in the window of the burning building holding paintbrushes — too far away to see what is written in Harriet’s book.