"An artillery duel, even for the gunners themselves, often has something mystical and mythical about it. We are the children of two diffrent epochs. We of the twentieth-century experiance daily that all the sagas, all mysticism and occult wisdom once was truth and someday will again be truth. What Homer sang about Zeus the invisible, the thunderer striking down his enemies from afar, and of mars with his invisible arrows - we mades it come true. And yet our knowledge does not protect us from a mystical terror."

-Franz Marc 'In war's purifying fire', translated in 'Voices of German Expressionism', Victor H. Miesel, Tate publishing, pg.160-161