Monday, January 18, 2010

The Doors of Hougomont

Hougomont 1815 (1903) by the Scottish painter Robert Gibb (1845-1932).

Gibb a popular military painter depicted here the hard fighting at the doors of the farm Hougomont in the battle of Waterloo. It’s one of the typical paintings which decorated British Officers' Clubs and country houses.


  1. I was admiring this painting last week at Edinburgh Castle where it is on public display. Right or wrong it captures the emotion.

  2. Sure it's a very well done and highly dramatic battle painting. But there are reasons why this kind of realism came out of fashion.

  3. Every artform comes and goes in popularity, but the time needed to research an historic painting probably contributed to the reduction of historic paintings and painters today.The technical ability and "vision of being" in a different time than your own is a commitment and takes years of reading,collecting uniforms etc..and studying historic sites, buildings and landscapes.History is a passion for those of us who still paint it today.

  4. I don't think so.
    In my opinion the end of "realistic" history painting is closely connected with the so called crisis of historism at the end of the 19th century.
    It became impossible for historians to tell history "how it has been", because they always were subjective.
    In the same way it became impossible for painters to paint history pretending it has happened like this.