Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chaos and Disaster

Crossing the Berezina (1866) by the Polish painter January Suchodolski (1797-1875).

Suchodolski shows here no individualistic or even heroic struggle. The battle (if it could be called one) has dissolved in pure chaos and disorder. Impressive are the huge masses of fleeing troops.


  1. What a nightmare. If anyone wasn't anti-war before seeing this snowy hell, they certainly would be after.

    Where is the painting hanging?

  2. The painting is in the National Museum in Poznań Poland.
    To me it looks also surprising, to see all that women there.