For today's "ball" selection I will share a work by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, renowned for his academic paintings depicting historical and orient scenes. His 'The Duel After the Masquerade' demonstrates his supreme talent for dramatic staging against vivid backdrops. Examining this tragic aftermath between two men, Gérôme's presentation of the scene seems cold and objective; we aren't urged to feel sympathy for the slain man but rather to observe this work as a cautionary tale.
This painting could serve as a companion to Thomas Couture's 'Duel after the Masked Ball', shared earlier this month: https://againstathorn.livejournal.com/655075.html
In Gérôme's painting, it seems that poor Pierrot finally got what was coming to him.