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]
ConditionRestored
LocationArt Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Accession4560
Websitewww.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/4560/

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]

History[edit]

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]

Museum[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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". www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au. 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.