May 15, 2013

The Death of General Colbert

The Death of General Colbert

c. 1809/1810

Victor Schnetz

(French, 1787–1870)

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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