Boilly and Irony


Prud’hon was the last of his kind, a master of allegory, he lauded the powers-that-be in the best of the fading XVIII century tradition. In the drawing above, titled Peace, Prud’hon promenades the victorious Napoleon in the triumphal procession across Paris.

Boilly was the first of his kind, a master of irony, he recycled Prud’hon’s composition to allow Alexander I, the Tsar of Russia, parade into Paris under the same title. This time peace finds itself a permanent representative and a permanent solution — Boily paints a tromp-l’oeil marble relief to state that from St. Helena there is no coming back.

 

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