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WATTEAU'S SOLDIERS: SCENES OF MILITARY LIFE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE. Aaron Wile. Frick Collection, New York, 2016. Published by D Giles Limited, London. 112 pp. 26 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781907804793 In English.
Publisher's description: Celebrated for his dreamlike paintings of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, Antoine Watteau (684-1721) 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.
Artist(s):Watteau, Antoine
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1600-1800 — Several Media
Plans: 73,75
Worldwide Number: 082612
Hardcover $39.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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