Drummer Boy Attacked by a Cossack

Jean Victor Schnetz French
Formerly attributed to Théodore Gericault French

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This drawing shows the stylistic influence of Gericault, whom Schnetz befriended in Italy in 1817. Both artists produced high-contrast drawings using white gouache around this time. Although this work was most likely made after the fall of Napoleon, the identification of the attacking horseman as a Cossack—a member of a Slavic military unit—suggests the subject’s association with the French invasion of Russia in 1812.

Drummer Boy Attacked by a Cossack, Jean Victor Schnetz (French, 1787–1870), Brush, brown wash, heightened with white over black chalk on brown wove paper

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