Pierre Puvis de Chavannes1867

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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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  • Title: War
  • Date: 1867
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w58.75 x h43.11 in (Overall)
  • Description: 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.
  • Artist/Maker: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French, 1824 - 1898
  • Provenance: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas