Paul-Dominique PHILIPPOTEAUX La Bataille des Pyramides
Paul-Dominique PHILIPPOTEAUX (1845 – 1923)
Born in 1845 in Paris, 19th Century, french. History painter. He was the son of Felix Philippoteaux (1815-1884). He studied in his father’s studio, after a scholarship at the Beaux Arts, in Paris. Then, he worked in Léon Cogniet’s and Alexandre Cabanel’s studios. He was interested in history painting, and he was well-known for his artworks on that topic. From 1886 to 1867, he exposed at the French Salon, in Paris.
La Bataille des Pyramides, 21 Juillet 1798
Oil on canvas
Ref : 6085
– 81 x 150 cm (105 x 173 cm framed)
– 31 7/8 In. x 59 In. (41 3/8 In. x 68 1/8 In. framed)
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Signed lower left
– Ruston Pasha collection
– Auction New-York, February 6th, 1906
– Private collection
The Battle of the Pyramids happened on the 3rd Thermidor years VI (July 21, 1798), between the French Army of the East, commanded by General Bonaparte and the Mameluke forces, commanded by Mourad Bey, during the campaign of Egypt. This victory was nicknamed Battle of the Pyramids, although it took place in Membabech (place where was the camp of Mourad Bey). The collective imagination often represents this battle at the foot of the Pyramids, when in reality they were very little visible from the place of action.
Our painting, due to the talent of Paul-Dominique Philippoteaux is infinitely more realistic than most of the paintings we know of this event. Indeed, to the left of the canvas, General Bonaparte and his General Staff observe the French squares attacked by the Mamluks, while the Pyramids represented on the right side are just visible.