Adam, Franz

1815 Milano ‐ 1886 Munich
"After the Battle of Solferino"
33 x 51.5 cm
Oil on wood
Fine Art
Galerie Paffrath
8,500 €

In the painting After the Battle of Solferino one looks in vain for heroes and courage to fight. A tired troop drag themselves through the seemingly peaceful northern Italian landscape. On the left and right of the path are fallen and broken weapons. The houses are barricaded, their roofs shot to pieces. Leaning on comrades or thrown on wagons, the wounded try to save themselves. If you take a closer look at the painting, you will discover a never-ending train.
In fact, what was happening on the 15-kilometer front had quickly got completely out of control and had broken up into countless skirmishes with no plan or order. An approaching storm made it even more difficult to rescue and care for the wounded. Henry Dunant (1828 - 1910), who, as an actually uninvolved witness of the battle, tried to set up at least a makeshift emergency service with the peasant women of a nearby hamlet. But he was desperate over the lack of doctors, bandages and clean drinking water. The experience shaped him so deeply that he campaigned both for the establishment of the Red Cross and for the enforcement of the Geneva Conventions for the rescue of the wounded. The painting by Franz Adam also impressively reproduces the intense experience of desolation and helplessness immediately after the Battle of Solferino.