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2017 Orsay: Edouard Detaille 1888 Le Rêve

Edouard Detaille: The Dream, 1888

Edouard Detaille: The Dream, 1888.
One of these almost com­ic­ally pathos-laden Romantic works one wouldn’t be sur­prised to see in the Sukiennice. In the case of France the most fer­tile peri­od for these genres has been after the defeat of 1871 against Germany. Military glory was not exactly in arm’s reach (the last war lost, new ones being avoided), so the dreams were con­fined to the arts.