Semiramis constructing Babylon (1861) by the French painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917).
This may be a little surprising because the impressionist artist despised history painting as a typical form of academic art. And Degas ist considered as one of the founders of impressionism.
But at the beginning of his career he wanted to be a history painter like the best artists of this time.
Soldier-poets of the Somme, 1916
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