22 Artists Embedded With Napoleon’s French Campaign In Egypt And Syria – Part I

Pierre Martinet (1781-?)
Boarding of the French army in Toulon to Egypt

Left: Bonaparte and his generals. 1798.

Rumors became rife as 40,000 soldiers and 10,000 sailors were gathered in French Mediterranean ports. A large fleet was assembled at Toulon: 13 ships of the line, 14 frigates, and 400 transports. To avoid interception by the British fleet under Nelson, the expedition’s target was kept secret. It was known only to Bonaparte himself, his generals…

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12 Works, January 1st. is Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq’s day, her art, illustrated with footnotes #258

Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq (1826–1895)
General Faidherbe in combat at Biefviller-lès-Bapaume, January 3, 1871, c. 1883

Oil on canvas
Town Hall, Bapaume , Pas-de-Calais, France

After the defeat of Napoleon III and his French Imperial Army by the Prussian Army in the summer of 1870, colonial officers such as Faidherbe were recalled to France and promoted to higher ranks to command new units and replace generals killed or captured in the war. Faidherbe was promoted to divisional general in November 1870, and in December appointed as commander-in-chief of the Army of the North by the Government of National Defence…

Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq (1 January 1826, in Paris — 6 March 1895, in Paris) was a French painter and illustrator who specialized in military subjects…

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12 Works, November 22st. is Charles Meynier’s day, his art, illustrated with footnotes #240

Charles Meynier (–1832)
Detail; Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love, c. 1810

Oil on canvas
242 x 206 cm
National Gallery of Canada

Charles Meynier (1763 or 1768, Paris — 1832, Paris) was a French painter of historical subjects in the late 18th and early 19th century. He was a contemporary of Antoine-Jean Gros und Jacques-Louis David…

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18 Works, October 9th. is Jean-Baptiste Regnault’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #219

Regnault, Jean-Baptiste
The wedding between Jerome Bonaparte and Catherine of Wurtemberg

Oil on canvas
Height: 4 m (13.1 ft); Width: 6.4 m (21.1 ft)
Palace of Versailles

Signature of the marriage contract of Prince Jérôme Bonaparte and Frédérique-Catherine of Wurtemberg. In the presence of the imperial family at the Tuileries, August 22, 1807

Depicted people: Caroline Bonaparte, Elisa Bonaparte, Hortense de Beauharnais, Jerome Bonaparte, Joseph Bonaparte, Josephine de Beauharnais, Julie Clary, Letizia Bonaparte, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon, Pauline Bonaparte

Jean-Baptiste Regnault (9 October 1754–12 November 1829) was a French painter…

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21 Works, October 5th. is Édouard Detaille’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #217

Jean-Baptiste-Edouard Detaille
The last charge of General Lasalle, killed at Wagram on July 6, 1809, c. 1912

Musée de l’Armée

Antoine-Charles-Louis, Comte de Lasalle (10 May 1775, Metz — 6 July 1809, Wagram) was a French cavalry general during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, often called “The Hussar General”. He first gained fame for his role in the Capitulation of Stettin. Over the course of his short career, he became known as a daring adventurer and was credited with many exploits. Eventually, he fought on every front and was killed at the Battle of Wagram. More on General Lasalle

Jean-Baptiste Édouard Detaille (5 October 1848–23 December 1912) was a French academic painter and military artist noted for his precision and realistic detail. He was regarded as the “semi-official artist of the French army”…

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15 Works, September 30th. is Jehan Georges Vibert’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #213

Jehan Georges Vibert (1840–1902)
The Schism, c. 1874

Oil on panel
38.1 x 53.6 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The scene is set in the reception room of a rich monastery hung with old tapestries, and features a tall bald jovial abbot on the left, and a his companion the cardinal, a small sallow man long grey hair. After a hearty lunch with much wine, the cardinal on the right has toasted a lifelong abbot bishop friend. However the effects of the wine begin to kick in and they end up bickering over an old theological dispute. So the reference books come out of the library and unable to agree, with one impulse, both falling back into their armchairs, remain seated back to back without speaking another word! More on The Schism

Jehan Georges Vibert or Jean Georges Vibert (30 September 1840–28 July 1902) was a French academic painter

He was born in Paris, the son of engraver and publisher Théodore Vibert, and grandson of the influential rose-breeder Jean-Pierre Vibert. He began his artistic training at a young age under the instruction of his maternal grandfather, engraver Jean-Pierre-Marie Jazet…

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24 Works, July 17th. is Paul Delaroche’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #194

Delaroche, Paul (Paris, 17–07–1797 – Paris, 02–11–1856)
The victors of the Bastille in front of the Hôtel de Ville, July 14, 1789, c. between 1830 and 1838

Oil on canvas
Height: 400cm, Width: 435 cm
Petit Palais, Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris

Shortly after the arrival of Louis-Philippe, the painters Delaroche, Cogniet, Schnetz and Drolling receive orders for four large paintings for the Throne Room of the Hotel de Ville, to celebrate the heroes of the revolutions of July 1789 and July 1830.

It was up to Paul Delaroche to represent “the People returning victorious from the Bastille”.

On the evening of the 14th of July, 1789, the heroes of the day, wounded, in rags, but triumphant, arrived in front of the Hotel de Ville, bringing back the trophies wrested from the old prison. The central figure victoriously brandishes the key of the fortress and a letter signed by Launay, the governor of the Bastille which has just been lynched by the crowd. More on this painting

Paul Delaroche (17 July 1797–4 November 1856) was a French painter who achieved his greater successes painting historical scenes. He became famous in Europe for his melodramatic depictions that often portrayed subjects from English and French history…

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