Before the Hunt is a typical example of Edward Dwurnik’s painting. A city landscape permeated with cold blue light, littered with massive heads – parts of fallen monuments? – lying between the buildings. People with guns and hounds are preparing for a hunt. The crooked, armed figures create an atmosphere of terror – the way in which they are positioned, and the car blocking the road, suggest people, not animals, will be hunted.
The painting depicts the tension between society and PRL authorities. By combining elements of documentary and symbolic painting, Dwurnik shows a more general condition of violence, the normalizing of evil and turning people against one another.