This painting is extremely harsh about the realities of war. It counters Rubens' painting for Charles I about the happiness of peace. Here, it seems that love cannot even weather the tumultuous wave of war. The nude woman latches on to the hand of a fighter but is pushed back by another soldier. The way in which the woman on the left laments, hands in the air, and the blurred chaos of bodies on the right only further work to show its sabotage of harmony, love, and all things good in a normal life.