Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Battle of Waterloo (ca. 1873)

Henri-Félix-Emmanuel Philippoteaux: The Battle of Waterloo - 
The British Squares Receiving the Charge of the French Cuirassiers

This painting is a fine example of Félix Philippoteaux' battle scenes, a genre in which he specialised with success. It shows the Battle of Waterloo between the British army and the French Napoleonic army, which took place on the 18th June 1815. This very accurate representation of warfare tends to re-create the past, mainly the Revolutionary and Empire period. This type of representations draws upon 17th-century Dutch examples such as Philips Wouverman (1619-1668) and differs from the Realist interpretation of the subject. [Victoria and Albert Museum]

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