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General Étienne-Maurice Gérard

General Étienne-Maurice Gérard, 1816 — Jacques-Louis David
197.2 cm136.2 cm

General Étienne-Maurice Gérard is a Neoclassical, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Jacques-Louis David in 1816. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits, and Political Works.

After the fall of Napoleon, Jacques-Louis David lost his exhaulted status as the "First Painter to the Emperor" and went into self-imposed exile in Brussels. One of his first portraits in Brussels was of Etienne-Maurice Gerard, a retired General in the French army. 

General Gerard had led a life as politically shifting as David himself, serving the monarchy, the revolutionary republics, and Napoleon. Valued be each government as a brave and skilled leader, he won distintion in dozens of conflicts, and was made a count by Napoleon after sustaining wounds in the battle of Leipzig.

David's portrait was painted in Brussels in 1816, where General Gerard was spending a quite retirement. But you can't keep a good soldier down, and only a year later Gerard would return to France, where he would eventually participate in the July Revolution of 1830, and be appointed the Minister of War.

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