A fascinating chaos! Ossian Receiving the Ghosts of French

A fascinating chaos! Ossian Receiving the Ghosts of French

2/11/2021, 5:03:24 PM
A fascinating chaos! Ossian Receiving the Ghosts of French Heroes (1802) by Anne-Louis Girodet was commissioned by Napoleon to decorate his home at Malmaison. The scene shows the blind Ossian in the center, greeting the French generals. They are surrounded by a group of intriguing characters, including a winged Victory, grotesque warriors, an eagle, a rooster and a bunch of nymphs at the bottom. And the bright life in the background is a vision of the French heroes who have lost their life fighting for their country. At the time this work was painted, Ossian was believed to be a famous blind Celtic bard who sang epic poems about battles (nowadays, it is believed that someone else created those poems, trying to capitalize on the name of the legendary bard Ossian). And Napoleon was a big fan of Ossian, even carrying a book of his work to the battlefield. Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767-1824) was trained by the Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, but unlike his master he painted in the Romanticism art style, something that is very clear by the chaotic and busy composition in this painting. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Girodet #Romanticism #Ossian #Chaotic #Busy #Napoleon #NapoleonBonaparte #Ghosts #French #malmaison

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