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  • Soldier and Boys

    Artist:
    Charlet, Nicolas-Toussaint. 1792-1845
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    21,5x27 cm

Charlet, Nicolas-Toussaint. 1792-1845

Soldier and Boys

France, Late 1830s - early 1840s

The son of a dragoon in the Republican army, a friend of the poet Pierre Béranger, the talented painter and draughtsman Nicolas Charlet knew all about the difficult life of soldiers and the way they passed their free time. Soldier and Boys is one of his numerous genre scenes on the life of the veterans of the Napoleonic wars, scenes which brought him great popularity. The tipsy cavalryman is mounted on an upturned stool and, resting his left arm on the table with its scattered jugs, bawls out a song, so caught up in it that he does not notice the children playing with his helmet. The painting attracts us with its realistic treatment of this entertaining subject, its good-natured humour and daring painterly style.

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Soldier and Boys

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oil

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21,5x27 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1931; handed over by the Antikvariat All-Union Association; originally in the Alexandrovsky Palace collection in Tsarskoye Selo

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-7239

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