Rubble Carriers

Viktor Barvitius

Viktor Barvitius - Rubble Carriers
The major changes in Paris town-planning, which materialized in the second half of the 19th century transformed the medieval town into a modern city. The clearance accompanying the implementation of Napoleon III's plans was described not only by French writers, e.g. Emile Zola, but also by Jan Neruda, and it found its way into the paintings of many artists, among them Viktor Barvitius. This picture of rubble carriers removing the rubble of Paris tends towards monumental Realism, with light and colours lending dramatic tones to this socially significant scene. The dark figure of a worker, standing against the light, breathes great strength, expressed by a heroic gesture and self-confident pose.
measurements: height 42,5 cm
width 72 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 2696
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism

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