Ive been to the battlefields of flanders, and this really made me think of that, before i even saw the title of the piece. The more you look into the piece the more you see, it almost moves and changes right before your eyes. Im not usually the biggest fan of abstract art, but this is very evocative.
Yeah, but only cosmetically. It's a bit more reminiscent of some of Max Ernst's paintings. Or maybe that's just me; I didn't notice it was supposed to evoke a battle until I read the little note. The composition makes it look like tall grass; only the strokes are dynamic.
Yeah, a bit surrealist, a bit DaDa, a bit abstract... he also influenced American abstract painting. If I recall correctly, he's even the "inventor" of dripping, even though he never really exploited this technique himself, so, it's possible that he gave the idea to Pollock.
Now that you're saying it, it's true that after watching it in a smaller size, that painting does look like a battle. The subtle perspective effects are hard to perceive on a computer screen.
Somehow I felt sadness when I saw it on the DD page and wondered why. Then I read the title and it made more sense... Wonderful colours and splatters. I like how the brush strokes gives it a sense of roughness and motion.
Y'now, I thought this was something fundamentally different to what it is before I read the title. I live out in the rolling meadows around the foothills of the Catskills in NY and around the fall, when the tall grasses in the hay fields die and harden, they look like this (I have pictures of it scattered around my gallery). I thought this was a scene of it, with a sunset backdrop and perhaps spiders' webs heavy with the droplets of a recent fall rain. After reading the title, I fancied seeing rearing horses heads and spears, the fires of war instead of the sun, the glint of light on shields and spearheads rather than light reflecting in raindrops. Interesting.