Art: Unrelenting Realist

No artist ever sketched the horrors of war more powerfully than Francisco Goya, but the pioneer in the field—and a first-rate one—was a man who lived nearly 200 years earlier. Last week Jacques Callot's 18 etchings on The Miseries and Misfortunes of War were on display in Frankfurt, leading off an exhibition that bore the single-word title "Krieg." Goya was often lurid; Callot proves an exponent of unrelenting realism. Now honored as the "Father of French Etching," Callot was widely respected in his own day. Rembrandt owned a complete portfolio of his etchings, and some of Rembrandt's early work bears...

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