Monday, January 08, 2007

Art and the Franco-Prussian war

This is a great period for military art which was at the end of the 19th century at its height employing almost photo realism in its depiction of recent events. Detaille (see picture) was someone who trained under the great Meissonier, though there are many colourful depictions of this tragic conflict which along with contemporary photographs create a unique visual record.