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The Napoleonic War Art of Keith Rocco (General Military) Paperback – 20 Oct 2011


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780960859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780960852
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 0.6 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keith Rocco's passion for history and art began at an early age when he talked his parents into getting him a book of American Civil War paintings for Christmas, which inspired him to copy the pictures and start a collection of American Civil War and Napoleonic artefacts. His work now hangs in every major collection of historical art in the US including the Pentagon, the House of Representatives, Gettysburg National Park, the City of Fredericksburg, the National Guard Heritage Collection and numerous private collections. Keith Rocco lives and paints in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 4 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
The artwork by Keith Rocco is excellent, it can't be highly praised enough. But the text by Peter Harrington is strewn with some awful errors. I'll give three examples;
1) He writes, "The defeat at Borodino on September 7, 1812 only added to the misery as the Grande Armee began its long retreat westwards..." p.50. Borodino was a French victory, a pyrrhic victory, but a victory nonetheless. Also what about the month long stay in Moscow.
2) "Napoleon, languished on some barren rock in the south Atlantic. But all that changed when the emperor fled St. Helena and landed at Antibes on March 1, 1815." p.52. Wow. That's quite a feat from Napoleon, even more impressive than escaping from Elba!
3) On page 58 he refers to Napoleon as Joseph Bonaparte's nephew.

Great artwork let down by a handful of really basic mistakes, which surely if it had been read through once would have been noticed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By light bob on 22 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
I received this and must admit that while it describes perfectly what it is I found that subject i.e the pictures to be a little mundane and a little bit disappointing.
I understand that Keith Rocco is a brilliant artist and I have seen other examples of his work, I just feel that the ones included in this book could have been a little bit more exciting more vibrant. I cite for example the illustration on page 25 French 17th Regiment in Germany it does not appear to be a sharp as it should be.
I beleive that this same illustration was used in the Soldats Napoleonien sseries of magazines and seems to be sharper and more defined.
I must admit that had I seen this book prior to pruchase I probably would not have
done so,simply left it on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 28 Mar 2014
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Keith Rocco's paintings fit into the historical painting genre that was popular during the Nineteenth Century, when paintings of the great Napoleonic battles were produced by a series of famous master painters. A high proportion of the paintings illustrated here are studies of individual soldiers. Nineteenth Century history painters did similar studies, but they tended to be more staged than Rocco's works, which show the soldiers in a variety of actions as well as the more formal posed standing views. There are larger group pictures, ranging from small scale skirmishes to full sized battle scenes, most impressively 'The Sons of Mars', showing the French hussars charging at Austerlitz.

The book is arranged so that each painting gets two facing pages, one for the explanatory text and one for a full page print of the painting. Most of the text pages also get a smaller picture, with a few showing Rocco's original sources. Three of the paintings get two-page spreads, and in each case there is a smaller copy of the same picture on a single page, so any detail lost in the fold can be seen.

The prints are all of a very high quality, so one gets a feel for Rocco's style of painting. The explanatory text is informative. All of them have an explanation of the historical background to the scene and most add some details of Rocco's motivation or process. This is a nice collection of paintings by a very fine artist.
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