How and why do we represent scenes of conflict?
In the Execution of Maximilian I, Manet clearly draws on the model of Goya’s earlier painting, The Third of May, 1808. Both images show the executioners at right, the executed at left. But how the scenes are rendered, the mood and tone set by each artist, are distinctly different. How and why do artists represent scenes of conflict? The answer depends on the social, political, and historical context in which the work is made, as well as on the artist’s relationship to the subject and his or her intented viewing audience.