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Attack of rear guard of French at Salamonde, 1812

Attack of rear guard of French at Salamonde, 1812


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Attack of rear guard of French at Salamonde, 1812

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Media ID 9696843

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1812 Attacking French Culture Guard Hill Horseback Riding Medium Group Of Animals Medium Group Of People Only Men Soldier Text


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This print from Universal Images Group (UIG) transports us back to the historic Battle of Salamonde in 1812. The image depicts a dramatic scene unfolding on a hill, as the rear guard of French soldiers valiantly defends their position against an unseen enemy. The landscape stretches out before them, showcasing the vastness and beauty of nature amidst the chaos of war. The engraving captures the intensity and urgency of the moment, with soldiers positioned strategically to protect their comrades. Textures come alive through intricate details, highlighting every soldier's uniform and weapon. Only men are visible in this medium group, emphasizing the male-dominated nature of warfare during that era. Amidst all this action, animal themes emerge prominently. Horseback riding is a key element here; French cavalry charges forward fearlessly into battle while maintaining control over their steeds. This illustration skillfully portrays both human bravery and equine strength. Henry Leveque's masterful work brings history to life through his use of light and shadow, creating depth within this horizontal composition. It is evident that he has meticulously studied French culture and military history to accurately depict this pivotal event. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece, we are reminded not only of the valor displayed by these brave soldiers but also how art can immortalize important moments in our shared pasts.

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