Charles Henri Pille
Le Bois de la Saudraie, circa 1880
Signed H. PILLE (lr); inscribed 93 Victor Hugo on the upper stretcher
Oil on canvas
51 3/8 x 38 1/8 inches (130.5 x 96.8 cm)
Private collection, Philadelphia, purchased before 1981
Paris, Salon, 1880, no. 3028
Frederic Henriet, Henri Pille, 1898
F. G. (Francois Guillaume) Dumas, Catalogue Illustre du Salon, Paris, 1880, p. 53, no. 3028, illus.
This work depicts an incident from Victor Hugo's last novel, Quatrevingt-treize (Ninety-three) of 1874, which takes place in France during the counter-revolutionary Chouannerie revolt in 1793. Here a young mother, Michelle Flechard, and her children are discovered hiding in a wood by "Blues" (French Republican soldiers), who take the fugitives in and protect them.
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