The European Art Sale

The European Art Sale

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Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron

Après la bataille (Waterloo)

Lot Closed

October 25, 02:47 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron


1848 - 1901

Après la bataille (Waterloo)

signed P. Grolleron (lower left)

oil on canvas

canvas: 39 by 52 in.; 99 by 132 cm

framed: 54⅜ by 67 in.; 138.1 by 170.2 cm

Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 23 May, 1989, lot 175, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
In Paul Louis Narcisse Grolleron’s moving Après la bataille (Waterloo), a cuirassier of Napoleon’s army leads his horse through a field scarred by the bloody battle that has just ended. The soldier marches forward to an unknown future, his eyes masked by his distinctive helmet, as smoke from an unseen fire blots out the sun.

The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, signaled the end of the Napoleonic War, the defining event of the first half of the 19th Century. The battle saw the French forces, under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, defeated by a European coalition under the command of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, who went on to be England’s Prime Minister. The resounding defeat marked the end of more than twenty-five years of war for the French, dating back to the Revolution of 1789.  In France, Waterloo was memorialized throughout the nineteenth century with architectural monuments, paintings and sculptures, and by the enduring fame of Victor Hugo’s poem Après la bataille, which celebrated the fighters who maintained their dignity in the wake of defeat.