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Antoine-Jean Gros. Lieutenant Charles Legrand. c.1810. Oil on canvas. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, CA, USA. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]

Antoine-Jean Gros. Lieutenant Charles Legrand.

Charles Legrand, son of a French general, was killed on 2 May 1808 in Madrid, when rebelling peasants attacked a regiment of Napoleon's cuirassiers on the Puerta del Sol, tore the men from their horses, and massacred them. (See: Goya’s The Second of May 1808 at the Puerta del Sol). In his memory, his parents commissioned Gros to execute this life-size portrait.

Bibliography:

Legend on Baron Gros. by A.D. Tchegodayev. in: Essays on Arts in France, Great Britain and the USA. 18-20 centuries. Moscow. 1978.
Battles of World History. by Walter Markov & Heinz Helmert. Leipzig. 1978.
Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Iskusstvo. 1999.

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