Rare & Important Painting Napoleon & Calvalry ERNEST MEISSONIER French antique. Rare & Important Painting of Napoleon & Calvalry by ERNEST MEISSONIER, circa 1850. We feature a growing selection of Oriental, Chinese and Ethnic antiques.FREE PICK-UP IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA. Up for your consideration is an important original watercolor by ERNEST MEISSONIER (French, 1815 - 1891). Meissonier works were very expensive at the time, and his military works were so enjoyed by Napoleon III that he was (forcibly) enticed to travel in Napoleon's brigade during war. This piece captures one such scene, and closely resembled the future oil painting "La bataille de Solferino, June 24, 1859". This piece is close to the final work, and may have been the final version before committing it to oil (which took 3 years to complete). I believe all this artist's military works are currently in museums, and are worth millions. The painting measures 14" x 17", so it is very large for this artist. The outer dimensions of the frame are 22" x 25". The piece bears the artists' monogram, and this is how he signed his works.
The watercolor has visible foxing in the upper portion of the work (as shown). The piece was recently archivally framed, and the frame is in excellent condition.
The painting is free of rips, tears, creases, or restorations. The piece is guaranteed authentic, and we added a photo of the artist's monogram, which was missed earlier. If you google "Second Italian War of Independence" or use google images for "La Bataille de Solférino" you will immediately find the actual Meissonier original oil. The only true difference is that Napoleon is in front of his generals in this piece, and in the other, a general takes his place.Meissonier was known for his accurate and precise brush strokes as exemplified by this piece. The paper is high-quality wove paper from the era. This kind of historical reconstruction had always been Meissonier's stock in-trade. Recently he had spent more than three years on a painting that was a mere thirty inches wide by seventeen inches high. The Emperor Napoleon Ill at the Battle of Solferino. The work, a battle scene, had been some thing of a departure for the painter of. Marking the new direction in Meissonier's career, it took as its subject a victorious battle fought by the French against the Austrians in 1859, when the emperor Napoleon III, together with Victor Emmanuel II, King of Piedmont and Sardinia, tried to oust the Habsburgs from their territories in northern Italy. When hostilities commenced early in the summer of 1859, Meissonier had received a commission from the government to illustrate several scenes from the campaign. He set off for the front in Lombardy, taking with him a servant, two horses and a supply of pencils and paints.
Arriving in time to witness a bloody battle fought outside the village of Solferino, he made numerous on-the-spot sketches of the action, barely escaping with his life after several bullets whizzed past his head when he accidentally strayed into the thick of the action in his quest for a good vantage point. Had continued long after the war ended. At the army camp in Vincennes, east of Paris, he painted further sketches of soldiers, and at the Chateau de Fontainebleau he did portrait studies of both Napoleon III -- who was going to be the focus of the scene -- and his horse, Buckingham. He even made a return trip to Solferino, a year after the battle, to make still more studies of the bleak, dusty landscape.
The painting was accepted by the judges, sight unseen, for the Salon of 1861, where Meissonier had been hoping to show the critics that he had risen above his lucrative "musketeer style" to paint something more ambitious in conception. It failed to materialize: the master was still perfecting the work in his studio. Nor did it appear the following year, as announced, at the Universal Exposition in London. Meissonier would not complete the painting until January of 1863, almost four years after his first expedition to Solferino. At the beginning of the Second Empire, Meissonier was known only for his Dutch pastiche genre scenes.
When the emperor bought a painting from him in order to offer it to Queen Victoria in 1855, however, Meissonier's career was made. He then became attached to the Imperial staff in Italy in 1859 and he followed all the operations surrounding Magenta and Solferino. It was at that point that he launched himself into history painting. This Napoleon III at Solferino is the fruit of a very painstaking approach.
Known as «the genius of the infinitely small», Meissonier also spent a great deal of time preparing for his pictures. He went back to the battlefield after the battle and spent a year doing portraits of the soldiers in the imperial escort.
It was not until the Salon of 1864 that he finally exhibited the work. It is of almost photographic accuracy and it appears to ignore the battle completely, concentrating on the emperor who is watching the combat «like a chess player coolly studying the board».This quote is for the Continental U. International Buyers § Please Note. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates.
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