Monday, November 14, 2016

Attack At Dawn


This is a painting on display at The Walters Museum in Baltimore Maryland. (http://art.thewalters.org/detail/4911/the-attack-at-dawn/).   It is by "Attack At Dawn" by Alphonse de Neuville.  

I am not particularly a fan of military battle scenes, but there is something about this painting that I can't get the image out of my head. 
This photo does it no justice.  The somber, winter setting, the lighting, the mastery of painting techniques. It is not a famous painting, but it does so many things that resonate with me: The distant foggy morning sky, the snow, the dim light sources (e.g. dawn, the lamp post, the doorway on the left, the rifle fire), the sparse brush strokes, the sense of desolation.
Go see it, if you can.


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