European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Reduced version of the 1861 painting in the Musée de Picardie, Amiens; companion to Peace, in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 1062), and the paintings Work and Rest, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French, 1824 - 1898
Oil on canvas
Cat. 1063John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
This painting is one of a series of four, each representing an aspect of the human condition: Peace, War, Work, and Rest. Here, the state of War is shown as a dark, barren landscape where impoverished and starving people mourn their dead, raising their sorrowing eyes to the skies.
This work is a reduced version of an allegorical painting that Puvis executed in 1861 for the monumental staircase of the Musée de Picardie in Amiens, France.
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