In 1622, Peter Paul Rubens travelled to Paris to create a series of twenty-one large canvases for the Luxembourg Palace in order to hold an important diplomatic post. Not only did he bring about peace between Spain and England, but he also created vibrant artwork based on his mission. His paintings were known for accentuating robust bodies and representing the vitality of human figures. Moreover, Rubens’ extraordinary mission resulted in a peaceful treaty that was signed in November 1630. One of his most famous works is allegorical painting “The Consequences of War,” completed between 1629-30. The work clearly highlights the ill-perceived savagery of war along with it’s consequences and successfully depicted the importance of law and justice over chaos
Through Ruben’s artwork, it is easy to recognize the importance of avoiding war and conflict as much as possible. This message was also enforced by Henri Rousseau who created a masterpiece titled “War, or Discord on Horseback” which dates back to 1894. Through this piece, Rousseau demonstrated the sheer chaos that ensues due to organized conflict while also showing how victory can lead one astray from virtuousness. These pieces reflect upon the advice given by Gandhiji – “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind” – and the message of peace resonates through these masterpieces bring more light into our lives!