In these small prints, landscapes recede into the far distance, featuring rolling hills, church spires, and roofs of houses. Soldiers march or ride their horses towards the horizon line, becoming ever smaller. The prints’ great recession suggests the vast reaches of territory conquered by the troops, who swarm throughout the image. Meanwhile, in the foreground of each print stand small groups of figures, conversing or pausing to look at the landscape. They are witnesses to the continued expansion of conquered territory and success of the advancing legions. With their backs turned to the viewer, these men remain unidentifiable and anonymous, making the pictured moments of conquest nonspecific and almost timeless.
From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming
Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 20-August 20, 2023.
Robert Dance, New York, New York; given to present collection, 1993.
Reverse copy of De Vesme no. 254
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