A human face in anguish, with hands raised to his cheeks, looks out from the center of a visual field full of slashing diagonals and explosive triangles of color. On the left side, smoke billows.
Otto Dix's "Artillery Battle" is a study in the horrible experience of mechanized warfare in World War I. The painting depicts how it felt to be powerless, completely at the mercy of the mighty machines of war, like artillery.
Dense foliage concentrated in the center of the paper. Signature, date and title are largely written and on the top and side of the work in pencil. Chunks of charcoal stuck on the paper in small areas.