Spanish Civil War
by Edward Hagedorn
During the Spanish Civil War, the American Artists’ Congress officially supported Republican Spain, and encouraged its members to use military conflicts as subjects in their works.
Hagedorn’s Bull’s Eye, a condemnation of war deaths, came as a response to this call. His central figure represents the deaths of the Spanish Civil War, as do the barbed wire/graveyard crosses in the backyard.
On a wider scale, Hagedorn’s image can be interpreted as calling attention to the individual responsibility of each soldier for the deaths he caused.