The painting presents a French cuirassier, i.e. a heavy cavalry soldier wearing an armour of metal plates.


  • Title: French cuirassier
  • Creator: Wojciech Kossak (1856-1942)
  • Date Created: 1903
  • Physical Dimensions: 64.5 x 53 cm
  • Provenance: A gift from Charles Rudolphe Brupbacher from Zurich.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • About the author: Wojciech Kossak, (1856 Paris– 1942 Cracow), A Polish historical and battle scene painter. He learned drawing from his father, Juliusz. From 1871-73, he trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow under Professor Władysław Łuszczkiewicz, and later, in Munich, under A. Strahuber, A. Wagner and W. Lindenschmit. In 1876, Kossak stayed in Krakow, and in 1877, he moved to Paris where he was a student of L. Bonnat, and A. Cabanel. Starting from 1884, he spent ten years in Krakow. Between 1895 and 1902, Kossak worked for Emperor Wilhelm II in Berlin, from where he sometimes made trips Poland. He travelled to Spain and Egypt, and visited Vienna and London. In 1913, he was appointed Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. After World War I, in which he actively participated, he moved to Krakow, but kept visiting Warsaw. In the period 1923-24 and 1928-32, he stayed in the USA. His works are mainly battle compositions, historical and genre paintings, also portraits. He co-authored several panoramic paintings, including the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice.

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