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Trumpeter of the Hussars on Horseback  by Théodore Géricault

Théodore Géricault
French, 1791-1824
Trumpeter of the Hussars on Horseback
c. 1815-20
Oil on canvas
72 x 57.2 cm
Acquired by Sterling Clark, by 1912
1955.959

Notes:
The Trumpeter of the Hussars is typical of the military pictures that Géricault produced after the defeat of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. The painting shows a lonely horseman seemingly transfixed before a tumultuous cloud- and smoke-filled sky. The air of melancholy reflects the atmosphere of France in the post-Napoleonic period as well as a Romantic interest in exploring emotional states of mind.