Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Collage 658

Tolstoy's description of the collapse of Napoleon's army brings to mind the famous map by the French engineer Charles Joseph Minard (1781 - 1870), which graphically depicts where the 422,000 French soldiers who entered Russia in the summer of 1812 were reduced to 10,000 that finally left the country in the winter of 1813.

To see the map, click here. -- Otto

Otto Mayr
from page 571-572, volume 2 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
made 12/1-3/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1066-1068

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