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Victime

1943-1946 Stanley William Hayter Born: London, England 1901 Died: Paris, France 1988 oil on canvas 36 x 60 in. (91.5 x 152.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.34 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Stanley William Hayter traveled to Spain in 1937 and created several images capturing the horrors of the Spanish civil war. Here, a skeletal figure lies with splayed limbs on what appears to be a river of blood. The sickle shape in the background may represent the Socialist Workers’ Party, which was one of the largest political parties in Spain and embroiled in the civil war. The dark lines of the figure’s bones and the colors around it imply violent movement, creating a disturbing image of the brutality of war.

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State of being - evil - violence

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paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Stanley William Hayter

Born: London, England 1901 Died: Paris, France 1988

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