My first commissioned art!
By the outstanding
, the piece I have been hoping to get made for years, and have always talked about at my Hetalia History panels!
This is a takeoff of the famous painting
of Prussian "Iron Chancellor" Otto von Bismarck, sitting with the defeated French Emperor Napoleon III after the decisive Battle of Sedan
, at which the superior organizational skill of Prussian Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke, and the awesome Krupp artillery, allowed Prussia to come into its own as a true great power in continental Europe with the defeat of France. This victory set the stage of the winning of the Franco-Prussian War, and subsequently the unification of all the German principalities into the unified German Empire (Kaiserreich), under the Prussian King Wilhelm I, who became its first Emperor (Kaiser) in 1871.
I always wanted a version of this painting with a smug Prussia sitting in for Bismarck, and a dejected France sitting in for Napoleon III, because (a) their natural anime personalities are just perfect for it, (b) I'm of German extraction, so seeing a defeated France is always a pick-me-up, (c) Napoleon III's outfit (with the red poof pants and blue overcoat) already looked a lot like the canonical outfit for Hetalia France, and (d) DeviantArt needs more Hetalia Prussia in a Picklhaube!
P.S. -- Although I won't be doing my "Hetalia History" panel again this time, I will be at Anime Weekend Atlanta
in 2 weeks, from September 26-29, giving panels on "Anime Blinded me with Science!", and "Yamato 2199: Great Remake or the Greatest Remake?"... if you're at the con, check them out!