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The Trumpeter of the Lancers of the Guard
Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

The Trumpeter of the Lancers of the Guard c.1812–1815

Théodore Géricault (1791–1824)

Glasgow Museums

(b Rouen, 26 Sept. 1791; d Paris, 26 Jan. 1824). French painter, lithographer, draughtsman, and occasional sculptor, one of the prime movers and most original figures of Romanticism. He studied in Paris with Carle Vernet and Pierre Guérin, but learned more by making copies of the Old Masters in the Louvre, developing in particular a passion for Rubens. In 1812 he won a gold medal with his first submission to the Salon—Charging Chasseur (Louvre, Paris), a dashing battle scene celebrating French military prowess at a time when Napoleon was at the peak of his power. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the Prix de Rome, but he visited Italy of his own accord in 1816–17 (he came from a wealthy family and could travel and study at his leisure).

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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