The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse)
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, East, 3rd Floor
In this painting, a soldier in Napoleon Bonaparte’s cavalry retreats downhill with his skittish horse, looking back at a dark, ominous sky. The composition’s repeated diagonals—the outstretched legs of man and horse, the sword, and the slope of the rough terrain—heighten the tension suggested by the approaching storm. Unlike the heroic representations of war that were more common during this period, Théodore Géricault’s evocative image seems to foreshadow the Emperor’s imminent fall from power.
This painting is a study for a much larger version of the same subject (now at the Louvre) that Géricault exhibited at the 1814 Salon in Paris.
Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (55.2 x 46 cm)
Frame: 30 1/2 x 27 in. (77.5 x 68.6 cm) (show scale)
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Théodore Géricault (French, 1791-1829). The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse), 1814. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (55.2 x 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 43.81 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.81_PS6.jpg)
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