Wounded cuirassier - Theodore Gericault. 294 x 358 cm
Revolutionary romance in France in the early 19th century quickly gave way to the predation of Napoleonic conquests. And after the defeat of Napoleon, when the Bourbons returned to the throne, the French experienced something similar to nostalgia for those good times when the words freedom, equality, fraternity had not yet turned into an empty sound, masking the whistle of guillotines in the squares of Paris.
Creating a picture, Gericault could not imagine that it would be a challenge to the royal house and an expression of the feelings of the people. The hero of the picture does not look defeated. Forced to leave the battlefield, he is full of dignity. The hero barely holds the war horse, but the weapon is tightly clenched in his hand.
In the landscape surrounding the cuirassier, many see a hint of the Russian winter, the reason for the complete defeat of Napoleon and the beginning of his fiasco.
Bright colors, precise lines, emotional work attracted the widest public attention and discontent of the authorities. Shocked by the defeat and collapse of everything that until recently was the pride of the French nation is the main idea of the picture. The author expressed the whole gamut of his feelings in the year of the final approval of the conservative orders, class and the beginning of repressions in relation to all those who were involved in government of the times of the revolution and empire.