Officier de Chasseurs à Cheval de la Garde Impérial Chargeant, 1812 (Lieutenant Alexandre Dieudonné)
BY FERNANDO ANDREA
SCALE 1:6 BRONZE SCULPTURE
LIMITED EDITION (20 copies)
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY INCLUDED
(Wax Stamp and signature of the sculptor)
Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) surely needs no further introduction to readers familiar with the history of art, and especially to those interested in the Napoleonic era. In fact, Géricaults famous canvas of this Officier a Chéval de la Garde could be regarded as the epitome of the flamboyant cavaliers of the Imperial wars.
This work was the first painting ever presented by Géricault at the Salon of 1812, and it is a masterly composition perfectly reflecting the grandeur of a fascinating time. The magnificent equestrian portrait depicts Alexandre Dieudonné (a friend of the painter, serving at the time as a lieutenant in this legendary regiment), looking backward and ready to order a charge in the heat of the battle.
It has been observed that a certain premonitory feeling of defeat is present in the riders countenance. In fact, some months after the painting was finished, the invasion of Russia turned into a terrible disaster and even Dieudonné - then 34 - was missing somewhere in the endless snowy fields.
Now Fernando Andrea has recreated the famous canvas in an outstanding bronze developed after careful study of the original image. Andreas complex casting and masterful sculpting honor Géricault (not surprisingly, a favorite painter of his) and this romantic period of history.
This bronze is an outstanding piece of sculpture. Cast in the traditional lost wax bronze method in a very limited number, the sculpture would be a centerpiece of many collections