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This (in all variations) is the corporate logo, which can be displayed only if the display includes a clear indication of its corporate identity, i.e., an embedded link to http// and/or the clear label "" This logo is based on a photo of the bronze bust of Clausewitz owned by the National War College, in Washington, DC.

small portrait of Clausewitz

This (in all variations) is another, older corporate image. While you are free to use it, please include an acknowledgement of its origins and copyright status (e.g., "This image is copyrighted and reproduced with the permission of"). It was created by morphing between a color-enhanced version of the color lithograph of the Wach painting (discussed below) and a high-contrast posterization of the b&w Michelis lithograph.

Clausewitzian "Trinity" demonstration device
The "Trinity" is a key concept in Clausewitzian theory, which Clausewitz illustrated by referring to this scientific device. You can obtain the ROMP (Randomly Oscillating Magnetic Pendulum) from science toy stores for about $15. From
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The "Trinity" is a key concept in Clausewitzian theory, which Clausewitz illustrated by referring to this scientific device, a ROMP (Randomly Oscillating Magnetic Pendulum). You can get one from science toy stores for about $15. Here's a link to, one dealer who advertises the device.
For graphic visual metaphors for Clausewitz's Trinity, click here.

Animation - Jomini morphing into Clausewitz
This animation is a .gif created for to illustrate
the article "Jomini and Clausewitz: Their Interaction."

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Clausewitz with spinning sword and three spheres

This is an illustration for the article "Reclaiming the Clausewizian Trinity." Created for, © artist Rex Sutton. It is a transparent .gif requiring a black background.

Clausewitz in Hell

This is "Clausewitz in Hell," created for, © Rex Sutton. It illustrates John Keegan's devilish—and ignorant—view of Clausewitz. It is a transparent .gif requiring a black background.

book cover, CLAUSEWITZ ON STRATEGY Most of the images of books appearing on webpages, especially those appearing in the Clausewitz Bookstore, are from


There are basically two known portraits of Clausewitz, possibly only one from life, with a large number of variations. The first is a portrait of Clausewitz in Russian uniform, made c.1813 or 1814. These below are the best images of it we can find (though neither appears to be the full painting). The image at the right (below) is an enhanced version of a picture of the original portrait from ASMZ [Allgemeine Schweizerische Militärzeitschrift], a Swiss military publication. ASMZ attributes the image to Werner Hahlweg, Klassiker der Kriegskunst (Darmstadt 1960), p.256. The location of the original portrait, originally in the possession of the Clausewitz family, is unknown to us, though there is a poor copy at the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr.

  painting of Clausewitz in Russian uniform c.1813

The painting on the wall below is a copy of the lost portrait showing Clausewitz in a Russian lieutenant-colonel's uniform. This copy, which seems a bit primitive, was given to GeneralMajor Beck, commandant of the Führungsakademie of the German Bundeswehr, when he visited the Russian Military Academy in 2005. The photo below, taken by Vanya Eftimova Bellinger but heavily processed to bring out detail, minimize glare, and correct for perspective distortion, is of a copy that hangs in the Clausewitz Museum in Burg. Bellinger thinks it possible that the original portrait was painted by Carl's wife, Marie.


Original portrait?

Portrait of Gneisenau, by Marie von Clausewitz
Marie von Clausewitz painted the portrait above of General (later Field Marshal) August Neidhardt von Gneisenau around 1815. Gneisenau was one of Carl von Clausewitz's mentors. This painting is obviously of high, fully professional quality. The original portrait of Clausewitz in Russian uniform, the whereabouts of which are unknown, was likely also her work. The copy we have (left) is much poorer work.
copy of the original painting, displayed at the German military academy

The second portrait of Clausewitz is the original full-color portrait by Wilhelm Wach, painted—allegedly—in 1830, but it may in fact be a posthumous portrait based on the earlier 1813/14 painting. It appears in many forms and derivative images. The painting itself is very small, 26x21 cm. One of the pictures below may be of the original painting. Black and white images are often either from B&W photos of the original painting or of various copies of the b&w or the color lithograph, prints of which vary widely in quality. Also, numerous drawings and posterizations have been made based on these basic images.

This image on the left is copyrighted by the owners, who prefer to remain anonymous. If you wish to use this image, on the web or in print (we have a higher-resolution version), you must request permission through The Clausewitz Homepage. We will convey your request to the owners.

A very slick new version. This painting is a recent copy based on the Wach portrait, which was lost during World War 2. It was commissioned by the Clausewitz Gesellschaft in 1999 and presented to the Führungsakademie of the German Bundeswehr in Hamburg in that year. We took this file from

This black & white detail immediately above, allegedly from the lithograph done afterWach's painting by Franz Michelis the younger, is quite different from the color litho—but it appears to be yet another distinct work. Each print is unique, and there appears to be a great deal of variation among them.

Below (left) is a watercolor, drawn from some version of Wach's portrait, widely used in French treatments of Clausewitz. (See more variations below.) 

a French ink wash drawing of Clausewitz a sepia-tone version
engraved portrait
A version included in many German editions of Clausewitz's collected works.

Marie von Clausewitz
Clausewitz's wife and editor Marie von Clausewitz, born Marie Sophie Gräfin von Brühl [Countess Marie Sophie von Brühl] (1779-1836). This is the only portrait presently known to exist, a lithograph based on a lost painting done c.1800. Clausewitz thought this was a good likeness but thought the yes were not quite correct. (This background is based on information from researcher Vanya Bellinger.)
Marie von Clausewitz
Illustration from Karl Schwartz, Leben des Generals Carl von Clausewitz und der Frau Marie von Clausewitz, geb. Gräfin von Brühl: Mit Briefen, Aufsätzen, Tagebüchern und anderen Schriftstücken (Berlin: Ferd. Dümmlers Verlags-Buchhandlung, 1878). The rather frumpy-looking bonnet she is wearing is actually a political statement—it is a "bonnet a la Nelson,” i.e., a fashionable celebration of Lord Nelson’s 1798 victory in the Battle of the Nile. Given Prussia's neutrality at the time, this would have been a strong statement at court.
book cover, VOM KRIEGE\

The portrait seen in the block to the right is a detail from the painting "Die Tafelrunde" by Josef Schneider, which shows Clausewitz drinking with some prominent comrades in Mainz in 1815. It is displayed on the Clausewitz Homepage by courtesy of the Headquarters of the German Army Forces Command, Koblenz (HQ GARFCOM). They hold the copyright and have been known to supply high-quality photographs of it to facilitate high-quality print reproduction.

A fellow named Oliver Schmidt tells us that the painting was made in 1966, a gift from the municipality to the Bundeswehr corps command in Koblenz, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the existence of an army corps headquarters in the town. The painter, Josef Schneider, was living in the village Emmelshausen (25 km south of Koblenz) and got 3500 DM for his work. Schmidt cites Rüdiger Wischemann, "Die 'Tafelrunde im von-der-Leyenschen Hof': ein Koblenzer Tafelbild von Josef Schneider, Emmelshausen." Berlin:, 2003, ISBN: 3898257576.

Clausewitz in Mainz, 1815--Thumbnail
Here's a thumbnail of the whole painting.

List of figures
For a list of who's who in this painting, click this image.

list of personnel in painting
Here's a detail of the main group.

original imagethe Wach portraitmirror image
The Schneider portrait of Clausewitz is a mirror image of the Wach/Michelis image.

portrait, Clausewitz in 1815
Clausewitz in 1815



cartoon portrait
A friendly caricature, by David Levine in the
New York Review of Books, 14 OCT 1976.
(Prints available from NYRB. Click image for link.)

caricature of German military-historical figures

ABOVE: ©Artist Rainer Ehrt, "Prussian Roulette" ("Preußisches Roulette") Karikatur, Am Spieltisch mit der Landkarte Europas mit Wilhelm I, Bismarck, Friedrich II (der Grosse), Leopold von Anhalt-Dessau, Schlieffen, Clausewitz, Wilhelm II, und Hindenburg, 1999. Posted to The Clausewitz Homepage by permission of the artist. More artwork by Julia and Rainer Ehrt can be found at and All images in this section are © Rainer Ehrt.

Detail from Rainer Ehrt, "Little Prussian Court Theater." A thumbnail of the full cartoon is shown below.

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From Rainer Ehrt, Preußischer Bilderbogen
(Parthas Verlag Berlin 2011), ISBN 3869640499

Portrait: Clausewitz is Cool "Clausewitz is cool."

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Image Clausewitz as fractal


Hare Clausewitz
"Hare von Clausewitz"
From "The Children's Illustrated Clausewitz"


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Small (16 x 20-inch) poster.
Available from CafePress.
Large (23 x 35-inch) poster.
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AKG (see contact info below) can provide either transparency, print or high-res scan (356 DPI, opens as 25 megabites, jpeg not tiff format) of the color lithograph portrait in either color or black & white. Charges will depend on your intended use, number of copies to be reproduced, etc. These images are thumbnails.

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If you are in France, please contact the Paris office:
AKG Phototheque
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75006 Paris

Another Clausewitz image.
This image (above) is copyrighted by the owners, who prefer to remain anonymous. If you wish to use this image, on the web or in print (we have a higher-resolution version), you must request permission through The Clausewitz Homepage (click HERE).

Clausewitz in Mainz, 1815--Thumbnail
The painting "Die Tafelrunde" by Josef Schneider, shown in thumbnail above, is displayed on the Clausewitz Homepage by courtesy of the Headquarters of the German Army Forces Command, Koblenz (HQ GARFCOM). They hold the copyright and have been known to supply high-quality photographs of it to facilitate high-quality print reproduction. There is more info on this image above.


There are original bronze busts of Clausewitz (some quite different from one another) at the German Army's War College; the U.S. National War College in Washington, DC (which is the one shown above, done c.2000 in Hamburg by an artist named Büsching, based on the Bundeswehr's version); and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

Clausewitz bust-German War College

The original bust in the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany. Click for larger image.

Here's a bust shown on the Clausewitz Gessellschaft's website. In 1989, at what is now the Carl von Clausewitz Kaserne in Burg, the East German Volksarmee unveiled this bronze bust. There is a very similar bust—possibly the same one—in the Clausewitz Museum in Burg.

A smaller, U.S.-made bust (URL is no longer available).

And here's one available for sale from Historia Souvenir, in Leipzig, Germany.
(The bust, c.60mm high, is described here.)

Buste des Generals Clausewitz im Zeughaus zu Berlin.
Deutsches Historisches Museum, InventarNr: Kg 62/45.
DHM inventory data.
It would be nice to know more about the history of this bust.
Photo from the Burg Zeitung, "Die Jahre des Carl von Clausewitz in seiner Geburtsstadt: Mit zwolf Lebensjahren aus Burg Entsshwunden?," evidently published in 2000. and here.

Also from the Clausewitz Gessellschaft, the "Ehrenmedaille General Carl von Clausewitz" for outstanding achievement at the German war college.

Clausewitz Denkmal
Burg, Denkmal für Carl von Clausewitz
(Click for larger image.)


From Doctrine Man: MEMORABILIA ($9.99)
Coin--Dead Carl Lives


Color Photo.

Before restoration.

Clausewitz's house in Magdeburg

Nazi Propaganda Poster

The Nazi Party's Central Propaganda Office (the Reichspropagandaleitung ) produced a weekly poster with a quotation that could be displayed in party offices, public buildings, etc."The time is yours. What happens with it depends on you. Clausewitz." (#37 for 8-14 September 1940). SOURCE

Clausewitz and Sun Tzu

Image used by The Economist's "Clausewitz" blog.

Clausewitz coat of arms
The Clausewitz family coat of arms.
Photo by Vanya Eftimova Bellinger
at the Clausewitz Museum in Burg.
Clausewitz Family Tree
The Clausewitz Family Tree. Click image for a 1300x900-pixel version.
This is a contribution from Olaf Thiel und Bernd Domsgen of The Clausewitz Society
in Clausewitz's hometown of Burg, Germany.
E-Mail Adressen für Fragen, Hinweise und Anregungen.

[This address is provided as an un-linked image, for security.]

Variations on Clausewitz's portraits

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newer portrait

postage stamp
another postage stamp (large)
DDR postage stamp
Postage Stamps

a child's drawing of Clausewitz
A child's drawing.

portraits of Jomini and Clausewitz
Jomini and Clausewitz
(Click here for more images of Jomini.)

an abstract drawing of Clausewitz By Anselm Kiefer, c.1982/87. Woodcuts and acrylic on cut and pasted papers
125 3/8 x 151 3/4 in. (317.8 x 385.4 cm)

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poorly done painting of Clausewitz in Russian general's uniform
This painting shows Clausewitz
in a Russian general's uniform
(though Clausewitz was never a
Russian general). It appears to be
(rather poorly) based on the
Wach portrait, which was lost
during World War 2. We do not
know the location of this painting.

woodcut, c.WW1, version 1woodcut, c.WW1, version 2

French portrait, coloranother French portrait, black and white
French versions (above and below).
a French drawing

A Spanish version
A Spanish version, drawn by Edgar Lugos' father in 1982.

Clausewitz engraving

a Chinese portrait of Clausewitz
A Chinese version.

a Russian drawing
A Russian version.

an East German soldier guarding Clausewitz's tomb
An East German soldier guarding Clausewitz's tomb.

Thomas Guest at Clausewitz's tombstone
Clausewitz's tomb. Note the correct spelling of his name (Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz).

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