This is not a modern "art" painting but a moment from sea battle in the Pacific. USS Enterprise and other ships of her screen are in action during the Battle of Santa Cruz, 26 Oct 1942. Two Japanese dive bombers are visible directly above the carrier and towards the center of the image. A flash from the battleship South Dakota's (BB-57) anti-aircraft guns can be seen in the distance. Every puff of black smoke is potentially a kiss of death for aircraft flying through the barrage.