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Picturing a World

Palace ruins

The American Civil War (1861-1865) has deeply affected the psyches of Cousin Effie and Edward; and as soon as I learned in my background reading that Carolus-Duran fought in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871), I knew a shared experience of war could be an overt point of contact between him and Edward. Meissonier’s Ruins suggested the occasion for them to talk long before I knew exactly where I would place their conversation.

For a stunning photograph of the triumphal arch seen from inside the burned Tuileries palace, click here.

For more photos, reproduced from Les Ruines de Paris et de ses Environs 1870–1871 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, click here.

For a Northwestern University Library website that “contains links to over 1200 photographs and images recorded during the Siege and Commune of Paris cir.1871,” click here.

For a Gurney Journey post on Meissonier’s work methods, click here.
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