Description of the painting

Title painting: 

Napoleon Crossing the Alps

In May 1800 Napoleon crossed the Alps, and in June was his victory at Marengo, Italy, over Austria. He is shown on a mule with a peasant leading him over the Great St Bernard Pass. The painting opposes the propagandist painting by Napoleon’s artist.

Dated:  1850

Technical: oil on canvas

Dimensions:  279.4 × 214.5 cm (110 × 84.4 in)

Current location: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom


Source / Photographer:

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

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Artist: Paul Delaroche


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Paul Delaroche is a French painter, born July 17, 1797 in Paris where he died on November 4, 1856.
If Paul Delaroche is one of the most famous masters of his time, it is largely due to the fact that the genre of which he has made a specialty is perfectly suited to the ideal of the artistic movement of the « golden mean » of the July Monarchy.
He was admitted to the Institute in 1832, where he was then the youngest member. He was soon appointed professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he taught until 1843.
From 1837, he stopped exhibiting, but continued to work tirelessly: it took four years to complete the fresco of The Hémicycle des Beaux-Arts of the amphitheater of the National School of Fine Arts in 1841 , a panoramic view that brings together 75 figures of the greatest artists of all ages.
Among his works are Bonaparte crossing the Alps, Napoleon at St. Helena, Marie Antoinette after his condemnation, La Cenci marching to death, The Last Farewell of the Girondins.


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