David Fertig’s boldly rendered oil paintings depict battle scenes relating to the Napoleonic era. Large galleons clash in plumes of cannon smoke, and groups of soldiers and horsemen engage in combat. While these exalted moments of conquest and defeat call to mind the Romanticism of Delacroix and Gericault, Fertig’s loose, energetic brushwork has its roots in modernist abstraction. Fertig represents specific events, but the prevailing themes of his painterly canvases are action and emotion.
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