Edouard Detaille (October 5, 1848 - December 23, 1912), was a French Academic painter noted for his precision and realistic detail.
Detaille was a student of the great Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier. He served in the French Army in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 and became the official painter of the battles. He is famous for having depicted portraits of soldiers, military manoeuvres, military uniforms and general military life. His book, L'ArmÃ©e FranÃ§aise, containing hundreds of his illustrations and prints, remains definitive in this realm.