The Volunteer’s Return - Frank Buchser Poster


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<p>When this picture was painted, fewer than four years had passed since slavery had been abolished in the District of Columbia.<br /><br> There is an undeniable sense of the anecdotal and the picturesque, yet here this effect is subordinated to a theme of signal importance. <br /> <br> Two bootblacks listen with rapt attention to a young veteran from the Civil War, identified by one scholar as an artilleryman. His lips parted, he looks upward as though recalling his exploits in the great struggle from a deep reservoir of memory. The soldier's open, athletic and self-confident pose announces the arrival of a new ideal of liberty to his old neighborhood. <br> <br> His classical stance and the clear, symmetrical grouping of the figures have all the effect of a monument to freedom. </p>