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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

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.