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Horace Vernet (1789-1863)-Circle "Mameluke", oil on canvas, early 19th century

Price: 4900  EUR

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Offered here is a French Orientalist painting made in the 1st half of the 19th century. It strongly resembles works of horse and battle painter Horace Vernet who was working in France at that time (for comparison, see our images nr.7-11).

Horace (full name: Emile Jean Horace) Vernet was born in 1789 in Paris into a family of famous French horse and battle painter Carle (Antoine Charles Horace) Vernet. Fittingly, he was born in the Paris Louvre, while his parents were staying there during the French Revolution. Vernet quickly developed a disdain for the high-minded seriousness of academic French art influenced by Classicism, and decided to paint subjects taken mostly from contemporary culture. Therefore, he began depicting the French soldier in a more familiar, vernacular manner rather than in an idealized, Davidian fashion. Some of his paintings that represent French soldiers in a more direct, less idealizing style, include "Dog of the Regiment", "Trumpeter's Horse", and "Death of Poniatowski".
He gained recognition during the Bourbon Restoration for a series of battle paintings commissioned by the duc d'Orleans, the future King Louis-Philippe. Critics marveled at the incredible speed with which he painted. Many of his paintings made during this early phase of his career were considered to combine anecdotal accuracy with a charged romantic landscape. Examples of paintings in this style include "Battle of Valmy", "Battle of Jemappes", "Battle of Montmirail".
Over the course of his long career, Horace Vernet was honored with dozens of important commissions. King Louis-Philippe was one of his most prolific patrons. His depictions of Algerian battles, such as the "Capture of the Smahla" and the "Capture of Constantine", were well-received, as they were vivid depictions of the French army in the heat of battle. After the fall of the July Monarchy during the Revolution of 1848, Vernet discovered a new patron in Napoléon III of France. He continued to paint representations of the heroic French army during the Second Empire and maintained his commitment to representing war in an accessible and realistic way. He accompanied the French Army during the Crimean War, producing several paintings, including one of the Battle of the Alma.
Vernet died in his hometown of Paris in 1863.
We would also like to add that in 1836 and 1842/43 he was in St. Petersburg, where he painted several paintings for Tsar Nikolai I (some of them can be seen in Russia's most esteemed museums).

Provenance: private collection, Alsace / France


Condition: good; lined in the 19th century, in original frame

Creation Year: early 19th Century

Measurements:UNFRAMED:74,0x62,0cm/29,1x24,4in FRAMED: 93,0x81,0cm/36,6x31,9in

Object Type:Framed oil painting

Style: Orientalist paintings

Technique: oil on canvas


Creator: Horace Vernet

Creator Dates: 1789 Paris-1863 Paris



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