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The Story of a Battle
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The Story of a Battle


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
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.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/21/1976Treatmentcleaned
11/01/1976Treatmentmounted; loss compensation; coated
11/23/1994Examinationexamined for condition
10/01/2002Treatmentother
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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Period
ca. 1875
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.60
Measurements
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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