Les fatigues de la guerre: XVIIIe siècle, Watteau

TitleLes fatigues de la guerre: XVIIIe siècle, Watteau
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsFarge, Arlette
Number of Pages123
PublisherLe Promeneur

Present in the historical narrative and therefore often unrealized, war is always seen as an inescapable moment with inevitably disastrous consequences. Based on the three major campaigns carried out on the French borders by the 18th century monarchy, the author grasps the conflict as a specific object, the effect of mechanisms and explicable devices, that is to say, contrary to popular opinion, preventable. It inscribes the war in its own moments, finds its singular rhythm: the recruitment, the marches, the encampment, the misfortunes and the ruins, the presence of women and their distress ... Faithful to its practice, and to its passion, of the archive, it does so by relying on anonymous memoirs, daily texts and correspondence found. This little ordinary dramaturgy in this book takes on its meaning in the completely original reading of a series of little-known paintings by Watteau on the theme of military engagement. [translated from book cover]

Translated TitleThe Weariness of War: The Eighteenth Century, Watteau
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