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1814: The French Campaign

 


 
 Ernest Meissonier, The French Campaign, 1814

The French Campaign, 1814, Ernest Meissonier © Musée d'orsay, Paris, France

The French Campaign, 1814, Ernest Meissonier © Musée d'orsay, Paris, France

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Read the presentation of this painting in our "Painting of the Month" section, and Juliette Glickman's commentary of this painting (in French) on napoleon.org.


 Ernest Meissonier, Napoleon in 1814

Napoleon in 1814, Ernest Meissonier © Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA

Napoleon in 1814, Ernest Meissonier © Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA

After accompanying the French army in the Austro-Italian War of 1859, Meissionier abandoned the small, Dutch 17th-century genre subjects for which he had become known and turned with even greater success to depicting events in the career of Napoleon I. In this small painting commissioned by the subject's nephew, Prince Napoleon, the emperor is portrayed in a forbidding landscape just after his last, hard-won victory in the 1814 French campaign that was fought at Arcis-sur-Aube, near Troyes: 23,000 French troops withstood the onslaught of 90,000 Austrians, but were unable to capitalize on their victory.
 
(Presentation text from the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, USA), where the painting is kept).


 A selection of works presented on the French National Museum Website (RMN)

The Day before the Battle of Montmirail, 10 February, 1814, Ferdinand Joseph Gueldry ©RMN

The Day before the Battle of Montmirail, 10 February, 1814, Ferdinand Joseph Gueldry ©RMN

- The Day before the Battle of Montmirail, 10 February, 1814 (painting by Ferdinand Joseph Gueldry)

- The Battle of Montmirail (painting by Horace Vernet)

The Battle of Montmirail, 11 February, 1814, at 4pm (drawing, watercolour by Siméon Jean Antoine Fort)

- The Russian Prisoners marching down the Boulevard Saint-Martin in Paris after the Battle of Montmirail, 17 February, 1814 (drawing, watercolour by Étienne-Jean Delécluze)

- Battle of Château-Thierry, 12 February, 1814, at 3 or 4pm (watercolour by Siméon Jean Antoine Fort)

- Battle of Vauchamp, 14 February, 1814, at noon (watercolour by Théodore Jung)

- Battle of Toulouse, 10 April, 1814, at 8 or 9am (watercolour by Théodore Jung)


 

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