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The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse)

Théodore Géricault

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1814
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, East, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
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