Overall the artwork invokes a sense of sadness, horror, grief, and ruthlessness. Drawn in heavy black and white lines, the wolf advances leftward. Her body is overlaid with abstract lines and patches, a thick, unreadable calligraphy that spreads throughout the canvas. The rather unitary grey background forms a stark contrast to the chaotic mix of colors in the center. The chaotic mix of paint creates a sense of despair and savageness, whereas the uniform background strengthens the ominous tone. They reflect the climate of a period shadowed by war.