The Wounded Cuirassier, study (Le Cuirassier blessé quittant le feu, esquisse)
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
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)
overall, 43.81_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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