The Romantic spirit of battle, victory, and death captivated Baron Gros. Here the French army of Napoleon, while vastly outnumbered, defeats the Turks in a violent battle near the coast of Egypt. The Turkish pasha offers his sword to the French general amidst a scene of bloody destruction. This is a sketch for a larger, final painting now in Versailles; its quick execution conveys excitement with great immediacy.
Artist Antoine Jean Gros, French, 1771-1835
Title
  • Murat Defeating the Turkish Army at Aboukir
Date ca. 1805
Medium Oil on canvas, mounted on board
Dimensions Unframed: 34 3/4 × 54 1/2 inches (88.3 × 138.4 cm)
Framed: 44 3/4 × 64 3/4 × 3 3/8 inches (113.7 × 164.5 × 8.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb
Accession Number 49.337
Department European Painting
On View Era of Revolution S331.1, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed, on rock, in left center foreground: Gros
May 21,1828, sold by (anonymous auction, Lebrun, rue de Cléry, Paris, France);
1846, purchased by (Galerie des beaux-arts, boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France) lot 37;
1846, purchased by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot;
February 20, 1847, sold by (Hôtel des Ventes Mobilières, Paris, France) lot 21;
1847-1935, purchased by Marie-Jean-Pierre-Hubert, duc de Cambacérès [1798-1881] (Paris, France);
1935-1949, Edouard Napoleon César Edmond Mortier, duc de Trévise (Paris, France);
1949, sold by (Julius Weitzner, New York, New York, USA);
1949-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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