Study for The Defeat of the Cimbri (Étude: La Défaite des Cimbres)

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Study for The Defeat of the Cimbri (Étude: La Défaite des Cimbres)

Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
before 1834

Medium & Support
oil on canvas

15 3/8 in. x 21 1/16 in. ( 39.05 cm x 53.5 cm )

Subject matter
A study for one of Decamps' most important works that was exhibitied in the Salon of 1834, this work depicts a battle in 101BCE of the Roman consul Marius against the Germanic tribe of the Cimbri. In palette and composition, this painting recalls the battle scenes of Delacroix.

Physical Description
Densely painted, this painting depicts a battle with figures both on foot and on horseback. Fallen figures in the foreground are mirrored by a line of figures still engaged in combat in the futher distance. The rump of a white horse at the left is balanced by another pale horse and rider (with banner) that approaches the viewer at right.

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horses (equipment)

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