Antoine-Jean Gros , ( 1771-1835 ) :
French painter who was part of the time and Neoclasica school because it was pupil of Jacques -Louis David , great master of French Neoclassicism and Europe , which have posted on this blog, the “Death of Socrates ” . Gros was the follower of the teachings of his master, and the most important neoclassical painter of his country following the death of him .
His specialty was the pictorial representation of battlefields, of which coincide with the Napoleonic era no shortage of topics. His compositions and rich colors , according to some authors anticipate Romanticism, and indeed was much admired for example, by the great Romantic Eugene Delacroix. Belong to the circle of the Emperor and being named official portraitist of the same in 1814 , was also the portrait of Napoleon’s aristocracy.
I travel to Italy, but not to Rome , staying some time in Genoa , where he could study the works of Rubens and Van Dyck that was in that city, and for some time that influenced his painting , giving a baroque touch that might have led after a certain romanticism that already mentioned , which corresponds to have been considered a temperamental painter.
The table :
The Battle of Eylau, took place between days 7 and 8 February 1807 , near the village of East Prussia (now the Russian town of Bagrationovsk ) between the French army commanded by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and an army Russian Beningssen under General . The meeting was bloody , with no clear victor, and with a low between the two armies of 35,000 to 40,000 dead – . Marshal Ney to visit the battle field said ” That slaughter , without results.”
The box represents Gros , on the morning of 9th , the Emperor visiting the battlefield , surrounded by his entourage , passing among the wounded of the war. By the uniform of these injuries were known to both armies are represented , and Napoleon seems requesting attention to the wounded . The figure of the composition focuses Emperor , not only for their place on the canvas, but also by the light color of the horse that seems to radiate light.
The background landscape of the battlefield is magnificent , with rows of soldiers accentuating the perspective , and serving as a contrast with whiteness , the group in the foreground, that unless the horse Napoleon, and some touch of color, as plumes red headdresses , has a predominance of dark colors. Both the epic theme, and the attitudes of the actors, with their pathetic gestures anticipate Romanticism, and his taste for the dramatic.
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