What you will see in the halls of the Legion of Honor will make you shudder. Undoubtedly, Helnwein
anticipates that reaction, and, yes, he deliberately makes you go through this ordeal, but just as undoubtedly (and therein lies his strength) Gottfried Helnwein puts himself through the same ordeal.
It is not about sympathy for the victims, but, rather, about a world that has lost a system of values that seemed innate, which seemed to be granted to any living creature by definition. Dogs, cats, rats, wolves, or rabbits protect their young, without composing hymns or making paintings. While we human beings deprave our children by lies, ideology, lust, filth, and by our example of militant righteousness. Those are the kinds of thoughts that will likely come to your mind as you look at Gottfried Helnwein‘s work, along with reactions of outrage and revulsion.