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The Story of a Battle
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The Story of a Battle

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Description Seated in an inn, a pale young man wearing remnants of a military uniform describes to his companions a battle, which occurred in 1848 during the Hungarian uprising against Austrian-Hapsburg domination. An international figure, Munkacsy trained in Budapest, Vienna, Munich, and Paris. While attending the 1867 Exposition Universelle, he met the French realist Gustave Courbet and several members of the Barbizon school. Many of his later years were spent in the village of Barbizon, where he produced scenes of contemporary life set in his native Hungary or in France. Striving for realism, Munkacsy frequently used photographs in composing his scenes.
Date Description Narrative
11/01/1976Treatmentmounted; loss compensation; coated
11/23/1994Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Theodore Eggers, Vienna [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Avery [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [from Henry Walters handwritten notebook, 1887, no. 106]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1882, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: M Munkacsy
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1882

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ca. 1875
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 41 1/8 x W: 55 1/8 in. (104.5 x 140 cm); Framed H: 60 1/8 × W: 73 15/16 × D: 6 1/2 in. (152.7 × 187.8 × 16.5 cm)
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