"WHERE DEATH BECOMES ABSURD AND LIFE ABSURDER": LITERARY VIEWS OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
 
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Robert Delaunay, Tour Eiffel aux arbres (1910)

 
Delaunay shows the Eiffel Tower, the Modernist symbol of manís technical progress, in a state of collapse. Interpreted by the artist himself as an apocalyptic premonition of the imminent War the picture portrays the crumbling of the edifices of civilization and the recrudescence of purblind and amoral nature which is about to engulf manís achievements. The trees have apparently assumed gigantic dimensions and are on the point of annihilating the steel construction. The tiny church seen under one of the arches can only be regarded as a bitter comment on the insignificance of religion in times of atavistic chaos. 
 
 
 
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