Emile CHEPFER Retraite de Russie, 1812
Emile CHEPFER 1876- 1944
French painter, he was born in Nancy in 1876 and died in 1944. Pupil of Devilly who was Director of the School of Drawing of Nancy. He began exhibiting at the Nancy Salon before 1896 works of impressionist style. He also appeared in the Salons of Remiremont and Saint Dié. A large part of his work is devoted to the soldiers he represented in parade or in the countryside, on foot or on horseback with a particular affection for the First Empire. He also painted some landscapes of Lorraine and views of Nancy without soldiers. He is present at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy.
– Harcos “Peintres et graveurs lorrains, 1833-1980”, ed. Harcos
The Russian Retreat, 1812
Oil on board
– 24 x 35 cm (33 x 44 cm framed)
– 9 1/2 In. x 13 3/4 In. (12 In. x 17 3/8 In. framed)
PRICE : Sold
Signed lower right
PROVENANCE : Private collection
The Emperor and his staff, at the head of his troops, leave Moscow. The rigor of an early winter will be disastrous for the French troops who will suffer many losses, both in men and equipment. This unfortunate episode was poorly represented in painting and makes this work a striking testimony of the Napoleonic epopee.