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The Capture of Mascara by the French commanded by Bertrand Clauzel in 1835 (colour litho)

The Capture of Mascara by the French commanded by Bertrand Clauzel in 1835 (colour litho)


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The Capture of Mascara by the French commanded by Bertrand Clauzel in 1835 (colour litho)

CHT268739 The Capture of Mascara by the French commanded by Bertrand Clauzel in 1835 (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mascara was the headquarters of Abd el-Kader (1808-83); Bertrand Clausel (1772-1842); ); eArchives Charmet; French, out of copyright

Media ID 23381948

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The Capture of Mascara by the French commanded by Bertrand Clauzel in 1835 (colour litho) captures a pivotal moment in history, showcasing the clash between colonial powers and indigenous resistance. This print depicts the intense battle that took place in Mascara, Algeria, as French forces led by General Bertrand Clauzel successfully seized control of the city. Mascara served as the headquarters for Abd el-Kader, a prominent Algerian leader who fought against French colonization. The strategic importance of this victory cannot be overstated, as it marked a significant blow to el-Kader's resistance movement. The vibrant colors and intricate details of this lithograph bring to life the chaos and bravery witnessed on that fateful day. It serves as a testament to both the artistic skill of its creators from the 19th century French School and their desire to document historical events accurately. Beyond its artistic value, this print offers us an opportunity to reflect on themes such as imperialism, conquest, and cultural clashes. It sheds light on Arab civilization in North Africa during this period and highlights the struggles faced by African populations under colonial rule. As we gaze upon this image today, let us remember those who fought valiantly for their freedom and independence. May it serve as a reminder that history is not just confined within textbooks but can also be captured through powerful works of art.

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