(Napoleon Crossing the Alps) byPaul Delaroche (1797-1856), painted
in 1850 at The Walker
Napoleon crossed the Alps in May 1800 and in June won his great
victory at Marengo in Italy over the Austrians. This painting is a
sober and accurate record of the event showing the mule and peasant
who took the leader over the Great St. Bernard Pass trailed by his
troops on the mountain-side behind.
Delaroche specialised in painting momentous historical events as if
they were scenes from everyday life (or even still life). This
picture was intended as a corrective to the flamboyant,
propagandist rendering of the same event by Napoleon? own artists.
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Hippolyte Delaroche, who later took the name Paul, was born in
Paris in 1797 and died in the same city in 1856. He entered the
Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1816, and first exhibited at the Paris
Salon in 1822. He studied from 1817 to 1822 with Constant-Joseph
Desbordes and Antoine-Jean Gros, whose studio he would later take
over. In 1824 he exhibited Joan of Arc, and in 1828 he exhibited
Death of Queen Elizabeth, the first of a series of paintings with
themes taken from English history.
By the mid 1830s, Delaroche was the most highly acclaimed
contemporary painter in France, both in art circles and among the
public, and was acknowledged as the leader of a wholly new type of
painting: the historical genre. His work was noted for its accuracy
of detail and glossy finish, techniques derived from the older
neo-Classical movement; however, his dramatic subject matter was
more closely aligned to the Romantic movement, and he was seen as
trying to steer a course between the two movements: the 'juste
milieu' or 'middle way'. Acclamation of Delaroche's historical
paintings did not last long: by the 1870s, he was being compared
unfavourably with Delacroix, who had bypassed the 'juste milieu' in
favour of more Romantic innovation. The advent of modernism and the
avant-garde in the later 19th century depressed Delaroche's
standing among art critics and curators still further. However, the
reaction of the general public to his paintings, which appeal to
the emotions and are accessible in terms of their visual language
and themes, has perhaps never shifted; certainly, Lady Jane Grey
still attracts viewers in the National Gallery today. ........