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Born in August of 1748 in the charming city of Paris, France, Jacques-Louis David is one of the most talented French artists of his time. Influential and very interested in politics, David became close to Emperor Napoleon and was commissioned to work in multiple artworks for the government. His immense skills can be seen in masterpieces like Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine, and The Intervention of the Sabine Women, both housed at the Louvre museum.
Napoleon Crossing the Alps is arguably one of the most known works of art from the Neo-classical era. This marvelous oil painting depicts the moment that Napoleon Bonaparte, still as the first consul and general of the French army, was guiding his troops through the alps, trying to surprise the Austrians, who were sieging Masséna, Genoa.
Commissioned by King Charles IV from Spain, David needed four months to end the masterpiece. Using white for the background, the artist created three layers to form the panting. The first one, he used mostly ochre and light brush strokes, creating the outlines both from the famous general, his horse, and the mountains in the background. In the second layer, Jacques-Louis used gentle strokes, adding color, and working in the details, focusing more on the lights and shades. The last layer was partially finished by his students. The purpose of this final layer was to correct small imperfections that were left behind, smooth the surface by blending the colors, and the overall finishing touches.
Bonaparte later commissioned three other versions of this astonishing painting. One was meant for the Château de Saint-Cloud, another version was for Les Invalides, and one was to be sent to Milan, in the palace of the Cisalpine Republic until 1816. There is also a fifth version of this painting that David made for himself.
Also known as The Charlottenburg version, there are some details that are different from the other versions. The most noticeable is the horse’s chestnut color, instead of the original piebald, featuring black and white colors. With smoother colors, the martingale is painted with a greyish blue color, giving a better feeling of adherence between the rider and the ride. Napoleon is painted using a red cloak and displays a faint smile, showing content with his decision to cross the Alps and win the battle at Montebello. To end the list of the modifications made by the artist, he also added small portions of snow in-ground, portraying better the moment of the passage.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Napoleon Crossing the Alps 2, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Napoleon Crossing the Alps 2 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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