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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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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