Showing posts with label Menzel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Menzel. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Prussian Battle

Hochkirch by the German realist painter Adolf von Menzel. (1815-1905). Menzel shows here the inferno of a battle. Men are struggling to move forward, they are afraid. There is no dumb heroism.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Banal Death

How exaggerated the death poses where, shows the painting "Dead Soldiers" (1866) by Adolf von Menzel.

Menzel (1815-1905) was one of the most important German realist painters of the 19th century. He became famous with his history paintings dealing with the life and deeds of Frederick the Great.
As an official artist Menzel accompanied 1866 the prussian troops in the war against Austria. By this occasion he saw for the first time dead soldiers. He was horrorized und wrote later of his "naive imprudence" while painting battle paintings.
He never more painted any battles.