Death by Vermillion is the third installment in my ongoing series of paintings which revolves around the subject of war. In keeping with the previous paintings, a single female portrait is featured, her eyes downcast, her hair red (color of aggression). This time around, I decided to do more with the backdrop, using elements like fiery red clouds and smoke from burning buildings. The architectural elements are necessary to convey that feeling of spent violence, as if the viewer was looking upon the immediate aftermath of an aerial attack (as history goes, German planes ran a relentless campaign on most of Europe during World War 2).
Over the course of watching a lot of war movies and reading a lot of literature on the same subject, time and time again the subject of the Treaty of Versailles comes up. The Treaty impoverished Germany by crippling economic reparations (on which France particularly insisted on) and took away a lot of German territory. World War 2 came about because of this treaty.
As usual, I crammed the painting full of details which may or may not be obvious only to me. A viewer may completely miss the significance of the fleur-de-lys and war medals on the lady's jacket. The crystalline structures floating above her head signifies the metal Iron. The markings on the fighter planes on the background are of Luftwaffe origin. I actually had to do some research on World War 2 to get the details right. Here and there, I took some artistic license as I saw fit, but for the most part, I tried to get every detail correct with respect to actual history.
The painting's dimensions are 14 x 22 inches and is of acrylic and oil on wood.