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Photography was banned at the actual execution of Maximilian and his generals. There are therefore no photographic images of the event itself. Even if it had been permitted, the technical limitations of photography at this time made it impossible to capture sudden movements. This drawing was made by Maximilian's official photographer in Mexico, who claimed to have been present at the time of the execution. The blurred details evoke a sense of immediacy, and the single execution squad, anonymity of the soldiers, and wall in the background coincide with Manet's representations.

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François Aubert. The Shooting of Emperor Maximilian, Miramón and Mejia, June 19, 1867. Graphite pencil on paper, 5 7/8 x 10 9/16" (15 x 26.8 cm). Collection of the Royal Army Museum, Brussels

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