KOBELL, Wilhelm von
(b. 1766, Mannheim, d. 1853, München)

The Siege of Cosel

Oil on canvas, 202 x 305 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Kobell spent time in Paris, but evaded the influence of the theatrical battle scenes in vogue there, as this painting shows. He has placed his groups of horses like figures on a chess board, and the painting can be read like a strategic map.