After the huge death toll of the war, including 2 major painters, a week in Paris in May resulted in a further 7,000 deaths, and the destruction of public buildings. Hardly a painter in France wasn’t affected.
Paris was under siege from September 1870 to the end of January 1871. Painters commanded its defenders, and showed its distress.
War Artists can work in any of the genres, but history painting is a natural choice. Here are some of the best from 1800 to 1945.