Napoleon Bonaparte in office
Medium: oil on canvas
Location: Kress Collection, Washington D.C., USA
Dimensions: 203.8 x 125.1
The Emperor Napoleon in his study at the Tuileries is a painting by the French
classicist painter Jacques-Louis David. In the painting we see Napoleon's Imperial Guard in uniform with the highest French state honors - the Order of the Legion of Honor and the Austrian Order of the Iron Crown in his typical stance with his hand in his coat. Office itself is made of precious materials - wood gilded chairs with red velvet and gold embroidery in the Empire style writing desk decorated with a lion's head. If we focus on details such as cufflinks unbuttoned, hair mussed, wrinkled stockings, lighted candles and clocks showing the four hours and 13 minutes, it can infer from all this that Napoleon worked all night. Sword in the armrest refers to military successes, while bees heraldic point to the stability of the imperial dynasty.
David painted picture Napoleon Bonaparte in office in 1812. Prevailing color of this fine art print is vivid and its shape is portrait. Original size is 203.8 x 125.1. This art piece is located in Kress Collection, Washington D.C., USA. This image is printed on demand - you can choose material, size and finishing.Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825).
French painter. David lived in a time of political turmoil that affected not only our existence, but also his paintings. Indeed, they predetermined the motives of his paintings. He adapted to the times – during the monarchy, he painted members of the royal family, during the revolutionary republic and in the era of the French Empire, he made portraits of Napoleon. He was attracted by the ideal of beauty of ancient art, and he subordinated his composition and sophistication to this ideal. His work is accurate, error-free, compositionally and technically perfect. He uses light and colour curtly. His paintings helped establish the French Classicist school and became a precursor of romanticism