Oil on fabric
Unframed: 50 x 61 cm (19 11/16 x 24 in.)
Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.285
In 1809, the popular young French military hero General Auguste Colbert died at a battle in Spain. The following year, Schnetz depicted the moment of Colbert's death. This is the study for a much larger painting exhibited at the Paris Salon, but now lost. The exploits of Napoleon and his army were popular subjects for French artists whose work was shown in official exhibitions.
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