EMILE BRISSET | THE DAY AFTER THE BATTLE OF FRŒSCHWILLER, AUGUST 1870
1860 - 1904
THE DAY AFTER THE BATTLE OF FRŒSCHWILLER, AUGUST 1870
signed E. Brisset and inscribed X5 (lower left)
oil on canvas
canvas: 50 by 78⅝ in.; 127 by 199.7 cm
framed: 55¼ by 84½in.; 140.3 by 214.6 cm
Oil on unlined canvas, not examined out of the frame. There are four patches finely applied to the reverse: one long horizontal patch at upper right, and three smaller patches at lower right (when viewed from the reverse). The surface is in generally good condition, aside from two vertical stretcher bar marks visible in the upper half of the composition and a diagonal surface scuff in the sky at center left. Under UV light, there are two repairs at upper left: one along lower edge (associated with aforementioned patches), and at extreme lower right.
Framed in a decorative gold frame and ready to hang in its current state.
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Sale: Sotheby's, New York, February 16, 1995, lot 64, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale
"Le Spectateur militaire au Salon," Le Spectateur militaire, June 1, 1885
Paris, Salon des Artistes Français, 1885, no. 380
This large-scale, panoramic composition depicts the day following the Battle of Frœschwiller, also known as the Battle of Wörth, one of the earliest battles of the Franco-Prussian War that took place on August 6, 1870. The troops are wounded and weary after a decisive German victory, but they remain optimistic as they march towards the next decisive battle. The present lot was exhibited at the 1885 Salon des Artistes Français.
We are grateful to François Robichon, Président des Amis d'Édouard Detaille, for his assistance with cataloguing this work.