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Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
THE MILITARY HALT
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Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
THE MILITARY HALT
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
PARIS 1789 - 1863 PARIS
THE MILITARY HALT
Signed and dated lower left Horace Vernet 1816
Oil on canvas
66 x 82 cm ; 25 17/18 by 32 2/7 in.
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Provenance

Sale, Londres, November 1st, 1996, lot 104 ;
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Paris, Salon de 1817, n° 773 under the title Une halte (registered under the n° 547 and under the title Une halte militaire)

Literature

C. d'Argé, Biographie de M.H. Vernet in "Le Monde Illustré", January 24, 1863, p.55 ;
L. Lagrange, Horace Vernet in "La Gazette des Beaux-Arts", 1863, p.302 ;
Claudine Renaudeau, Horace Vernet, Chronologie et catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Thèse, Université de Paris IV, vol. II, p. 642 n°52

Catalogue Note

Born in 1789, Horace Vernet is the last member of a great dynasty of painters that started with Joseph Vernet (1714-1789), his grandfather. His father Carle Vernet (1758-1836) was his teacher. Horace Vernet had a brilliant official career, with major commissions, especially under the reign of Louis-Philippe, who was close to him even before he had risen to power.

His main activity was military History painting, a genre in which he excelled. He represented historical as well as more recent battles, Napoleonic campaigns, and contemporary faits d'armes such as the conquest of Algeria.

La Halte is amongst those works inspired by the military world, even if it does not refer to any precise historical action. Here, Vernet depicts a lancers squadron of the premier régiment de Chevau-Légers polonais de la Garde Impériale on the road. One of them strayed from the others to rest.

The regiment, which was created in 1807 and integrated to the Vieille Garde in 1809, always had a special status within the army. It was disbanded in 1815, and Vernet was undoubtedly honouring this famous military corps of the Napoleonic era when he painted this work in 1816.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Paris