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Édouard Detaille

Transporting the Wounded
Fragment from the panorama The Battle of Rezonville, August 16, 1870

Artist

Édouard Detaille
Paris 1848 – Paris 1912

Title

Transporting the Wounded
Fragment from the panorama The Battle of Rezonville, August 16, 1870

Date

1881-1883

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

99 x 182.9 cm

Credits

Purchase, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein, inv. 1991.18

Collection

Western Art

Transporting the Wounded is a cut fragment of a canvas that originally measured about 106 metres long by 6 metres high. It depicted The Battle of Rezonville, an episode in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. The panorama, commissioned in 1880 by a Belgian company from French painters Detaille and Deneuville, was completed in 1883 and exhibited in Vienna until 1887. Panoramas such as this were installed in specially built rotundas and attracted large crowds. As admission was restricted to paying patrons, these attractions represented an extremely lucrative activity for the sponsoring companies. Instead of being destroyed, as was usually the case at the end of a prolonged exhibition tour, this canvas was cut up into 115 fragments, which were sold separately.

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