Saturday, 9 February 2013

Horace Vernet

Horace Vernet (1789-1863) was a French painter. He painted mostly battle scenes, portraits and Orientalist subjects.

Allan M'Aulay
Arabs Travelling in the Desert
An Algerian Lady Hawking
Napoleon's Tomb
Napoleon at the Battle of Friedland
Polish Prometheus
 This painting goes perfectly with the polish romantic ideology. Suddenly everything i've learnt about it on my polish classes came back to me.;d But event though it's a perfect picture for that period, i dont't really like it. I can't figure out what's hanging on the chain the eagle has on. I don't know, whether it should be interpreted as Russia or Prussia defeating Poland. But i think it can be Russia, because of the date 1831, when the picture was painted. It could symbolize the failure of the November Uprising in 1831. But I'm only guessing. Although it's pretty interesting, to try to guess the meaning of symbols on a painting. The one thing that surprises me is the fact, that it's been painted by a French artist.

Street Fighting on Rue Soufflot, Paris, June 25, 1848
The Battle of Habra, Algeria, in December 1835 Between Emir Abd El Kadar and the Duke of Orleans
The Battle of Valmy
The Lion Hunt
The Wounded Trumpeter
The taking of the Malakoff Redoubt
The Gate of Clichy

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