This is a very different and thought-provoking painting. This painting depicts labeled "Russia" and "Chinese Reds" men moving across a battlefield toward an Uncle Sam figure reclining on a torn American flag. Behind the figure is a skull wearing a helmet with the Soviet hammer and sickle. Barbed wire, white crosses, and explosions dot the red and smoking fields. Dilapidated buildings still burning make up the background and bleeding dead hang on the barbed wire. All three primary figures are armed and dressed in distinguished clothing.
This painting appears to be a response to the Berlin Crisis of 1961. Indicators of this come in the fact that the Russian has a bayonet to the back of the Chinese man - an interpretation of the worsening relationship between the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China during the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Uncle Sam on the flag with the skull is a symbol of President Kennedy's threat to the Soviet Union with his increased militarization.
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Size: 18" by 24". Framed 20 1/4" by 26" by 1"
Signed: Lower Right "Metzger '61"
Condition: Fading to the paint with slight dirt build-up.
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