Art: The Alternative Tradition

Peace, an idyll by Daumier

Peace: an idyll by Honoré Daumier

Daumier introduces a note of irony by depicting Death playing rustic pipes not over some arcadian scene but the killing fields of the preceding Franco-Prussian war, and of the antagonists' unholy collaboration in putting down with utmost savagery the Paris Commune of 1871. Tragic events indeed. --