Plaster sculpture of a man dressed in a Civil War military uniform; arms are broken off at mid-bicep.
At the end of the Civil War (1861–65) there was an effort to promote an American Renaissance and to beautify cities with civic monuments and public sculpture. Sculptors, including Randolph Rogers, were commissioned to produce memorials that addressed themes of war and slavery and to commemorate military heroes, from the common soldier to President Abraham Lincoln himself.
This plaster cast was likely a maquette for one of the soldiers that made up the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil War monument in downtown Detroit.
This portrait painting shows a full-length, life-size figure of a man. He is standing on the top of a mountain against the background of a sky with dark clouds and a rocky mountain range. He is facing the viewer but his gaze is directed to the right. He is dressed in a French military uniform of the Napoleonic time period, including black leather riding boots, a sabre and a large black cloak that billows in the wind. He holds his hat in his hands. His uniform decorations and medals are shown in great detail.
Gérard painted this portrait of General Maximilien Foy after the death of the sitter, who was the painter's friend, in 1825. Maximilien Foy was a distinguished French general and statesman during the early 19th century. He served in several campaigns, including the Pennisular War and Waterloo, and was named a Baron by Napoleon in 1810. After the fall of the Empire, Foy retired to civilian life to write a history of the Pennisular War. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1819 where he became a popular orator. Gérard presented this painting to Foy's widow and refused payment for it.
A portrait of Captain Dreyfus: The bust of a man in uniform stands pivoted to the right. His expression is neutral and his likeness is painted with bold colors in a watercolor-like texture. Below the bust reads "Le Capitaine Dreyfus", or The Captain Dreyfus.
A portrait of a man in decorated uniform. The man faces the viewer directly, and is painted in bold colors with a watercolor-like effect. Beneath the portrait reads "Georges Picquart", who was an investigator on the Dreyfus trial.
This work in graphite and watercolor on off-white wove paper is vertically oriented. There are six male figures portrayed in the uniforms of éclaireurs, or scouts, of nineteenth century France. Only the second and third men from the left are colored in, the four others are graphite outlines. The men wear military jackets with belts, trousers, and black shoes with tall, white spats. Their hats have brass emblems and tipped up bills. The largest man who was been colored in has a blue sash over his gray uniform and holds a rifle at his side. There is a pale blue rectangular border around the men with the artist’s name in the bottom center.
Tissot depicts six male figures portrayed in the uniforms of éclaireurs, or scouts, of nineteenth century France. Tissot was born in Nantes, France, and moved to Paris in 1856. Although his first works were literary and historical, he started painting modern subjects in 1856, focusing on detail and costume (Les Éclaireurs de la Seine was painted ca. 1870-1871). Tissot was in Paris and helped defend Paris from the Germans during the Franco-Prussian War. These are likely portraits of people he knew and perhaps served with. He fled to England after the fall of the Commune in 1871, where he proceeded to paint portraits and was linked to the aesthetic movement. He lived with a mistress and muse until her death in 1882, when he returned to Paris. He converted to Catholicism three years later and mainly focused on ambitious religious themes.