PIERRE-AUGUSTE BRUNET-HOUARD

(1829-1922)

Le Siège de Jérusalem, 15 Juillet 1099

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The XIXth Century
BIOGRAPHY

Pierre-Auguste BRUNET-HOUARD (1829-1922)

 

Born in Saint-Maxent in 1829, died in Fontainebleau in 1922. Pupil of Thomas Couture. Painter of history, military subjects, animal and genre scenes. He lived in Fontaineblau and painted many subjects as : Montreurs d’ours 1866 – Saltimbanques en route 1867 – Intérieur de ménagerie  1869 – Le chemin de la foire 1869 – Bateleurs valaques avec leurs animaux débarquant en Bretagne 1869 – Un montreur d’ours en voyage 1879. But also military scenes like: La bataille de Wagram 1870 ou La reddition de Pampelune 1873, but felt more comfortable in familiar scenes or hunting paintings: Bain de chevaux dans la mer 1863 – Halte après l’hallali 1864 – Hallali de cerf en Vendée 1866. He participated in many exhibitions, including the French Salon from 1880 to 1906.

 

MUSEUM :
– Reims (Le Cloarec, 1871)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY :
-Bénézit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Gründ 1999.
-Gérald Schurr, “Les petits maîtres de la peinture”, les éditions de l’amateur, 1989.

 

 

Réf. 6143

 

 

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower left

 

 

 

DIMENSIONS :
– 76 x 106 cm (98 x 124 cm cadre inclus)
– 30 x 42 in. (39 x 49 in. framed)

 

 

 

PROVENANCE : Private collection

 

 

 

This important historical picture represents the Crusader army giving the last assault before the capture of the fortified city then defended by the Fatimids who had just taken it back from the Seljuk Turks. Leaving from the shores of the Mediterranean in 1095, the Crusaders (the First Crusade was initiated by Pope Urban II with the aim of liberating Jerusalem), took Antioch on June 3, 1098, then, remaining there, seized at the cost of ferocious battles of the Holy City sheltering the Holy Sepulcher. The Siege began on June 7, 1099 and ended on July 15.

 

 

 

 

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