Judge, Jury & Executioner
2016 Oil on Italian Linen 120 x 120cm
When you strip away the pomp and palaces, being a King is just a job. Albeit one that is awarded at conception. And like any job, periodically they have performance reviews. What differs from most, is historically these involved violence, revolution, lost of heads.
Louis XIV had this job. A kind of CEO if you like. And he made some questionable business decisions. Like moving the entire Court from the Louvre to Versailles, thereby severing any semblance of connection to the actual people of France. And while he lived a blessed and carefree life, his successor had to mop up his mess. Perhaps because he got the job by birth rather than talent, but needless to say it didn’t go well. And when the time came for a performance review it culminated rapid interaction of a sharp object and his neck.
They didn’t really go for the whole three warnings bit back then.