I'm getting literal. This may be the exception for me. My studio mate Melissa Kulig (one of our guest artists) gave us this image of Napoleon. It just had to go in at some point. On page 172 of the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation is a letter from Napoleon to Prince Murat. He orders, "march, destroy the Russian Army...". Tolstoy took this letter from "The History of the Consulate and the Empire" by the French statesman and historian Adolphe Thiers. It was one of his main historical sources in the writing of War and Peace.
Another interesting point is that in the original text, Tolstoy does not translate the French into Russian. It was assumed that one could read both languages. -- Lola
page 145-146 of original text
collage, acrylic paint