Perhaps the greatest of all French military painters Detaille served in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and at first produced grimly realistic battle scenes. He later became fascinated with the history of French military costume, publishing a large illustrated book on the subject. This painting is a retrospective image recapturing the terrifying drama of a charge of 4th Hussar Regiment in the Napoleonic period, almost 100 years earlier. The picture was restored with support of the Gallery’s Friends of Conservation.


  • Title: Vive L'Empereur
  • Creator: Edouard Detaille
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Physical Dimensions: 370.0 x 437.5 cm sight; 376.0 x 445.0 cm stretcher; 445.0 x 512.5 x 14.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: Source unknown, Purchased by the AGNSW in Paris 1893
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1893
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r, "Edouard Detaille 1891".
  • Object Other Titles: Charge of the 4th Hussars at the battle of Friedland, 14 June 1807
  • Object Alternate Title: Vive L'Empereur charge du quatrième hussards à la bataille de Friedland, 14 juin 1807
  • Artist Country: France

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