|French Cavalry, 1870, Franco-Prussian War|
Although safe in England, Pissarro's home outside Paris was occupied by the Prussians who used it as an abattoir (a slaughterhouse). They used the canvases they found there as doormats to protect their boots from the blood and the mud. An uncounted number of Monets and over a thousand Pissarros were destroyed in this way. War is hell on paintings too.