Battle of the Pyramids, July 21, 1798

François André Vincent French
Formerly attributed to baron Antoine Jean Gros French

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This energetic study is one of several Vincent executed envisioning the Battle of the Pyramids, which took place during Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798. Lucien Bonaparte, minister of the interior and Napoleon’s younger brother, commissioned the subject in 1800 as part of a series of six large canvases depicting battles, each by a different artist. Although Vincent never completed the painting, this drawing conveys his powerful conception of the scene, contrasting a roiling, chaotic mass of horses and Mamluk soldiers of the Egyptian military with the opposing orderly rows of French troops as they clash on the banks of the Nile.

Battle of the Pyramids, July 21, 1798, François André Vincent (French, Paris 1746–1816 Paris), Pen and black ink, brush and brown wash, heightened with white on beige washed paper; squared in graphite

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