Introduction by David Chandler, author of "The Campaigns of Napoleon"
The highly respected French magazine "Uniformes" proclaimed Keith Rocco an "artist in the tradition of Remington and Detaille." Such lofty praise has been echoed by many of Rocco's fans, and here, at last, is the high quality book worthy of showcasing his fabulous work.
Keith Rocco's artwork has appeared on nearly every cover of "Napoleon", the international journal of the French Revolution and Age of Napoleon Bonaparte. Thousands of readers worldwide have been enthralled by Rocco's stunning illustrations of one of the most colorful periods of military history.
Rocco has won international acclaim for his depiction of the common Soldiers of the various nations that fought for and against Napoleon's France from 1796-1815. Rocco has earned this reputation by combining diligent research, often working hand in hand with leading uniformologists and historians, with a masterful eye and keen artistic sensibility. Few artists match Rocco's talent in handling color and light, even fewer still can capture a dramatic moment so convincingly, without the slightest false gesture.
Now the best of Rocco's Napoleonic sketches and paintings are presented in a large format book that allows for full appreciation of this blend of extensive research and unique, fluid style. Each painting is presented with its own particular story, both about the historical incident it depicts, and the chronicle of how Rocco researched and conceived it.
Some of the illustrations in this book were done as uniform and equipment studies. Others capture the climactic moments of battle. On Campaign In the Age of Napoleon: The Art of Keith Rocco is a stunning collection of Rocco's narrative art that will appeal to the scholar, aficionado and general reader alike