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Watteau's Soldiers

Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France
by Aaron Wile
D Giles Ltd

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Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 112 pp.
Size: 8.50 x 10.00 inches

ISBN: 9781907804793
TB Code: 1809117
Availability: 329 in stock

Celebrated for his dreamlike paintings of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) also produced a number of captivating works with military subjects--paintings and drawings--early in his career. They were executed when France was engaged in the costly and ultimately disastrous War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), but they look past the turbulence of battle and the heroic deeds of generals and kings to depict the more prosaic aspects of war--marches, halts, encampments, and bivouacs. They focus on the quiet moments between the fighting, outside of military discipline, when soldiers could rest, daydream, smoke pipes, and play cards. Although they owe a debt to seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish precedents, they put forward a new, thoroughly modern vision of war in which the soldier's inner life, his experience of war, is brought to the fore. Watteau's Soldiers offers a new interpretation of Watteau's military works.