The other night I watched a film on HBO about the life of Eduard Manet. There’s a painting at the MFA in Boston that I’ve much admired titled, The Execution of Emperor Maximilian.
In the film the narrator expounds on a version of this painting hanging in Germany. I disagree. I find the version at the MFA in Boston much more compelling. It reminds me of Goya’s The 3rd of May. The image is much more universal in that it presents the soldiers as a wall…disembodied figures taking down defenseless peasants. While this is not the story in Manet’s painting, once again the message about war is so powerful and enduring over centuries. 1.Manet(Boston) 2. Manet(Germany) 3. Goya