The Thick of the Fight by Theodor Rocholl
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The furious heat of battle is captured in great detail by German artist Theodor Rocholl
- German artist Theodor Rocholl skillfully captures a fierce battle in this exciting oil on canvas
- Entitled The Thick of the Fight, this painting depicts a battle during the Franco-Prussian War
- Rochell earned a reputation as one of the finest painters of military conflicts of the 19th century
- Signed and dated "Th. Rocholl Dldf. 05."
- Canvas: 23 1/2" high x 28" wide; Frame: 32 1/8" high x 38 1/8" wide
C: 28 F: 38 1/8 Inches
C: 23 1/2 F: 32 1/8 Inches
Theodor Rocholl 1854-1933 GermanThe Thick of The FightSigned and dated "Th. Rocholl Dldf. 05." (lower right)Oil on canvasCanvas: 23 1/2" high x 28" wideFrame: 32 1/8" high x 38 1/8" wideThe fierce spirit of battle is dutifully captured in this striking oil on canvas painting by German military painter and war artist Theodor Rocholl. The artist gained critical acclaim through his incredible battle scenes, especially those that focused upon the altercations of the Franco-Prussian War, as the current example, entitled The Thick of The Fight almost certainly depicts. Rocholl is able to express movement and the fury of war through his expansive brushwork and tight perspective that puts the viewer in the thick of the fight. Rocholl was born in Sachsenberg the son of Rudolf Rocholl, the Lutheran theologian and philosopher. He began his artistic education in 1877 at Munich, later continuing his formal training at the Dresden Academy. After a year, he moved to back to Munich where he studied historical painting under Karl von Piloty. He completed his art studies at the Düsseldorf Academy where he developed his interest in military art under the influence of Wilhelm Camphausen. Rocholl would gain the greatest amount of education, and inspiration, through his direct observations of some of the greatest military conflicts in history. He viewed the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent German conflicts between 1883 and 1888. In 1890, he traveled to Russia to view the German Garde-Korps on maneuvers. By 1897, he was attached to the Turkish Army, covering the conflict in Thessalia between the Turks and the Greeks, with his sketches of the fighting published the following year. He covered the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 as the official artist of the German Expeditionary Force. A decade later, he covered the fighting between Turkey and Albania.It was his work depicting the battles of the Franco-Prussian War that garnered the most attention. One of his most famous pictures depicted King William at the Battle of Sedan, meeting his triumphant soldiers after the victory. At the age of 60, Rocholl became a war artist covering the campaign on the Western Front of World War I. He would go on to describe the fear and destruction he witnessed during this period in his War Letters published in 1916. His experiences as an artist were captured in his autobiography, which he released in 1921.