Jean Francois Gabriel Chomel (Swiss, 1810 – 1876)

Gathering of soldiers in the Franco-German War

“Gathering of soldiers in the Franco-German War”. Watercolor on paper. 9 x 12 1/2 inches.

Chomel was born in Geneva in 1810 and died in 1876, was a student of art schools in Geneva. He also studied with Détalla and Auguste Beauvet.

He often exhibited in his hometown, and he left paintings of military scenes in the Rath Museum. Chomel held the post of president of the administrative council of Geneva and was a member of the Council of Fine Arts.

Franco-German War, also called Franco-Prussian War, (July 19, 1870–May 10, 1871), war in which a coalition of German states led by Prussia defeated France. The war marked the end of French hegemony in continental Europe and resulted in the creation of a unified Germany.