WATTEAU’S SOLDIERS : SCENES OF MILITARY LIFE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE
112pp., illus. 2016. Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) produced a number of captivating works with military subjects paintings and drawings early in his career. They were executed when France was engaged in the costly and ultimately disastrous War of the Spanish Succession (1701 1714), but they look past the turbulence of battle and the heroic deeds of generals and kings to depict the more prosaic aspects of war marches, halts, encampments, and bivouacs.