In recent months I have become far more interested in the Napoleonic Wars of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Napoleon Bonaparte was a magnetic leader who brought France to the brink of global domination during this period. By better understanding this time, it prepares the student of German history for the 19th Century’s last half. That is, the unification of Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck. This, in turn, led to the German military buildup that helped contribute to WW I. Returning to the Napoleonic Wars, it is interesting how the victory of Great Britain and her allies solidified her position as the leading military power while European colonies spread throughout the world. Today we offer a novel piece of German art from the period of 1860 to 1890. It is a re-creation of the famous retreat by Napoleon and his army from Russia during a vicious Russian winter of 1814. Napoleon is sitting astride his horse in his classic pose: hand tucked into his tunic. He is at the head of his army as they retreat to Western Europe from Russia. He does no look like a happy camper! The suffering of the French Army as they retreated is nearly unimaginable. Then again, history often repeats itself. The German Army in WW II would suffer the same fate after the two front war was opened in 1941. What makes this piece interesting is its deceiving appearance. At first glance it appears to be a typical lithograph, however nothing could be further from the truth. It is, in fact, made from WOVEN SILK! I find it difficult to imagine the time and effort that went into the design and execution of this piece. I am amazed as I look at it at its attention to detail and its exquisite production quality. The detail to individual soldiers in the retreating columns, to Napoleon, and to the staff who ride behind him is exceptional. The framed depiction measures 17 3/8″ x 12.” The piece may not be period framed. The artist’s name appears at the bottom of his/her work. This is a wonderful recreation. I am sure it will look as attractive on your wall as it currently looks on mine!