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Metformin: Medicine or Poison?

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Metformin: Medicine or Poison?



ording to Kroiz, the composition is "almost theatrically staged." The art curator Henry Adams interpreted the barn on the left and the outbuilding to the right as the coulisses, or scenery flats, of a stage set. The painting's sense of drama is heightened by giving some of the figures others to rescue. The principal figures are painted as character stereotypes: the father is broad-shouldered and strong, while the mother and the daughter seem fearful and helpless as they look towards the father. Despite the imminent danger, the two sons prioritize grabbing their pets. Adams considered the scene to be either a celebration or dismemberment of traditional American family values. Less ambiguous is the art historian J. Gray Sweeney's interpretation that Tornado over Kansas is an achievement of Curry's goal to "depict the American farmer's incessant struggle against the forces of nature."

The central figures are reminiscent of paintings by Baroque artists like Peter Paul Rubens, whom Curry studied. Adams wrote that the turning father resembled Adonis in Rubens's 1635 painting Venus and Adonis, while the art historian Karla Ann Marling described the father as "Michelangelesque"; Marling also likened the mother and infant to a Madonna and Child.

African American man in a boat at sea, surrounded by sharks and waves
The Gulf Stream (1899), Winslow Homer
Adams claimed that no American painter before Curry depicted a tornado in such a frightening manner. One artistic precedent is the waterspout in the background of Winslow Homer's 1899 The Gulf Stream, but Adams found this "far less frightening" than Curry's tornado because the waterspout plays a secondary role to the sharks that dominate the foreground. Adams noted another "direct precedent": the tornado in L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which also strikes a Kansas farmste

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