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Vernet, Émile Jean Horace attr.
1789 Paris - 1863 ibid.
Napoleon on horseback.
Oil on canvas, relined. Unsigned. On a brass plate on the frame inscribed «Horace Vernet
Horace Vernet was a convinced Bonapartist and made a career as a history and military painter under Napoleon's regime. The genre of equestrian portraits suited him better than almost any other painter of the time. He usually depicted famous people galloping on powerful, expressive horses. The fact that he acquired a certain repertoire of classical horse postures in the process, which he varied again and again, was the usual working method of the time. Thus, both in the catalogue raisonné and in the art trade of the 2000s, several almost identically galloping horses can be found in Vernet's work.
His German pupil Simon Meister (1796 - 1844) painted a portrait of Napoleon on horseback in 1732, in which - although the horse assumes a different posture - the depiction of Napoleon is almost identical to the present painting. Meister's portrait is in the Simeonstift, Trier, with the inventory number III 0260.
Provenance: Bantikow Castle, Wusterhausen/Dosse.