Vive L'Empereur (painting)

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Vive L'Empereur!
French: Vive L'Empereur charge du quatrième hussards à la bataille de Friedland, 14 juin 1807, English: Long live the Emperor - Charge of the Fourth Hussars at the Battle of Friedland, June 14, 1807
Edouard Detaille - Vive L'Empereur - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistÉdouard Detaille
Year1891 (1891)
MediumOil on canvas
MovementAcademic art
SubjectAn officer of the 4th Hussars of France
Dimensions445.0 cm × 512.5 cm (175.2 in × 201.77 in)[1]
LocationArt Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The history painting Vive L'Empereur! was made retrospectively by Édouard Detaille in 1891, based upon the cavalry charge of the 4th Hussars during the Battle of Friedland.[1] The battle itself happened on 14 June 1807, some 41 years before his birth.[2][3]


The painting was purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1893, where it still remains.[3] In 1959 the painting was damaged severely by water, but was restored in the 2000s.[4]


In June 2014 the Gallery purchased Portrait of Édouard Detaille by Basile Lemeunier (1852–1922) which shows the artist at work in his studio, atop a wooden ladder with lit cigarette in mouth, painting Vive L'Empereur!.[4] The portrait was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1891.


  1. ^ a b "Vive L'Empereur - Edouard Detaille - Google Arts & Culture". Google Cultural Institute. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Édouard Detaille". Google Cultural Institute. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Vive L'Empereur, (1891) by Edouard Detaille :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Meares, Joel. "Art gallery's famous Vive l'Empereur meets its maker, a century on". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2017.