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Wrapped around her finger by meluseena Wrapped around her finger by meluseena
One of histories great love affairs, that of extravagant Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon wrote Josephine passionate, full love letters and she wrote little in return, driving him mad with jealousy and anger. Here is one such letter for you to read through, it is charming and poignant too.

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It makes me wonder about this Josephine - was she as cold as Napoleon suggests, or was he simply histrionic? How did she receieve his mad devotion, really? History is a mystery and we will never know.

Though a tumultuous marriage that ended in a divorce, Napoleon is said to have stayed ceaselessly in love with Josephine and his dying words were "France, the Army, the Head of the Army, Josephine"


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technique: Digital collage. Used many different photo elements, and copious airbrushing, and some old paintings of Napoleon.
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:iconfaerieincombatboots:
FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Beautiful...didn't Josephine eventually come to love him though?
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:iconmeluseena:
meluseena Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, I think they had a funny relationship all the way but she must've always been at least fond of him.
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:iconfaerieincombatboots:
FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
They did have a very codependent emotionally abusive relationship by modern standards, but I do think that even if she didn't love him, she did bear great affection for him.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Like you might love a poodle! I think that was the kind of relationship, but who knows right?!
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Only Napoleon and Josephine know the truth. By the way, have you read the Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland? It puts an interesting and tender take on their marriage. It suggest that maybe she wasn't cheating on him, that her in-laws sabotaged her.
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Deathbyduckies Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
~ love it! Wish I had seen this sooner! :D
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An-die-Freude Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
I can't confirm this, but I remember learning way back in my AP Euro class that Josephine would sometimes actually read Napoleon's letters mockingly out loud at parties. Pretty sad :\ Seems like perhaps they had a complex relationship though and it's always intrigued me. Napoleon intrigues me so damn much. You did a wonderful job with this piece :]
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8ieni Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, i hate she soo much >--<
Kill Josephine!! :fork:
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ABBEYtm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
that letter trully proves that chivalry is dead, poor Napoleon :'( bless his broken, miserable heart
Josephine can kiss my ass on Sunday and high tail hers to another man, she doesnt deserve a true man like that!
hahah what am I talking about?! this was like 500 years ago... still it sickens me lol
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Felicite-Antoinette Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Awesome picture, I love Josephine's look :)
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KendraJK Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Student Artist
THIS IS SO PRETTY! Great job!
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Scarlette-angel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
i love Josephine's expression while Napoleon desperately hangs onto her finger.
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kakijbird Featured By Owner May 30, 2010   Writer
Beautiful picture. The letter was so sad!
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photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010   General Artist
hello dear :) i featured your beautiful art in my journal [link]
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This sums up their relationship perfectly!:rofl:
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EmpressRara Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this one a lot.
Beautiful and clever.
Beautiful art.
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EldaGrimm Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome!!
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maiyue Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is amazing. You can't imagine how much I'm amazed by your art. Thank you for sharing this picture.
And I really love Napoleon, to me he's one of te most interesting historic characters. : )
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meluseena Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thanks so much I'm glad it pleases you! :) I also love Napoleon. I always wonder what he was really like!
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Iguanarwhal Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
I love the mini Napoleon!
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EvilGermanTier Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I just laughed so hard.
Nice piece. Captures the whole idea of Josephinian-Napoleonic Relations perfectly.
I love your sense of humor.

And I also loved the way Josephine managed to get herself back into Nappie-s arms , even after he actually found out ( saw with his own eyes), the name of her lover
(one of many), Hypolitte Charles.
Which by the way, Nappie did send to war as soon as possible.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D
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mayple Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You have captured a most amazing expression here, it is captivating!!
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Vampiressartist Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! She was a famed seductress, and I love how teeny silly little Napoleon's dangling from her finger. Plus, my name is also Josephine--I think my dad was thinking about Josephine Bonaparte when he thought of naming me. :D
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Amann7 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
i love how the outside almost looks like underwater... i remember first reading about you in the photoshop art edition magazine and your work is still as brilliant today as it was 3 years ago <3
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meluseena Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
O_o?!
What magazine.. huh? I was in a Photoshop magazin recently... but that was a month or so ago, the Turkey edition.. are you sure it's me dear? :)
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Amann7 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
it wasnt photoshop i cannot remember the name, yes you, 3-4 years ago
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meluseena Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thats odd.. I only started doing digital art 2 years ago!
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Amann7 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
your right theres a girl who uses a waicom tablet who has like 3 million views she has one picture of a girl in the forest taking another girls live the way a cat would... you and her styles are almost identical, only your stuff looks like like mirror mask/enigma cd coverS~.. its truly an honor just to get a response Ma'aM
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meluseena Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Do you mean the Deviant BlueBlack?
We both use digital collage, but I'd say her style is more Gothic/Macabre, mine is more eclectic :)
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Amann7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
hrm maybe thanks for replies, still
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photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009   General Artist
I featured your wonderful picture in my new journal here :heart:
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erikakochanski Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Writer
:heart: Featured your amazing artwork in the World Of Art - No. 18.
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FotoAnt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
i love stories about napolen. i dont know why. but im drawn to them. this piece is fantastic. even the creeping little paw.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D Awesome thanks! :)
(But I am curious.. what paw? I don't know what you mean tee heee)
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FotoAnt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
the white fur at the bottom with the black things looks like a paw! guess i was wrong lol
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meluseena Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ahhhhh.. that's meant to be ermine! The black bits, they used to be the poor ermine's black tail tip! But hehe whatever it looks like, it pleased you, so yay, good :)
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ppaula Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
:love:
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RaffaelleM Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
waww I love it =) it makes me think of a van Eyck-like painting, because of her clothes and the reflections in it.
Is that all made on the computer or do you use a sketch with the lights and shades first?
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meluseena Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I use a sketch with lights and shades, but this sketch I create digitally do. It is no different than sketching manually, I just have a tablet pen instead of a pencil.

:)
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RaffaelleM Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
cool, thanks!
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Alkmerethiel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Aw, how true this picture is. It is really nicely done.

Few people realize how much of an insane romantic Napoleon was (while at the same time being a cynic with megalomanic ambition lol). The relationship between Napoleon and Josephine always makes me sad. Mostly for Napoleon because he was so in love with her, and she had an affair, but then affairs and tragedy on both sides, ect. Was Josephine cold or was Napoleon just histrionic? Probably a combination of both lol.
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Tala-Twilight Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
I think his letter is quite charming, although if she had little to no attraction to him I can easily see how it would be an annoyance.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hehe well if the feelings were reciprocated its one thing... but apparently she hardly ever wrote back or sent two small lines, she didn't care much and he was the blind mad follower... though of course who knows really?
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Tala-Twilight Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Oi, poor things, the two of them. ^.^;
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seriouslytwisted Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
Wow, even without the little Napoleon dangling off her finger, I would have ventured to say that she reminded me of Josephine.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
:hug: That's very awesome!
I am not too sure I would have myself... I can't say I kept too closely to the way she appears in her portraits, but was more concern with capturing what I believe to be her flair so yay :D
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seriouslytwisted Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Truth be told I don't remember what she looks like in official portraits, save for the hairstyle. You've captured that jeu ne sais quois quality of hers. :)
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Flockhart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I love her expression, the eyes are great
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BurtonizedPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
I believe Josephine was as - not cold, exactly. I don't think she was cold. But certainly she was as...serene as history would have us believe. AND Napoleon was histrionic.
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