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

Théodore Géricault

European Art

On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Here, a soldier in Emperor Napoleon’s cavalry leads his horse downhill, 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 scene’s physical and psychological tension. Brooklyn’s canvas is a study for a large painting (now at the Louvre) that Théodore Géricault exhibited at the 1814 Salon in Paris, after Napoleon had been deposed and exiled to Elba earlier that year.
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 × 27 × 5 in. (77.5 × 68.6 × 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in European Art Galleries, 5th floor
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 43.81_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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