Painter of the Week: Théodore Géricault. Today: The Charging Chasseur. c. 1812. Oil on canvas. 349 cm × 266 cm (137 in × 105 in). Louvre, Paris
The Charging Chasseur, or An Officer of the Imperial Horse Guards Charging is an oil painting on canvas of about 1812 by the French painter Théodore Géricault, portraying a mounted Napoleonic cavalry officer, ready to attack. The painting represents French romanticism and has a motif similar to Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps, but non-classical characteristics of the picture include its dramatic diagonal arrangement and vigorous paint handling. In The Charging Chasseur, the horse appears to be rearing away from an unseen attacker. The painting was Géricault’s first exhibited work. Géricault would continue to move away from classicism, as exemplified in his masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa (1818–19).
Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault French pronunciation: [ʒa̰ lui a̰dʁe teodoʁ ʒəʁiko] (26 September 1791 – 26 January 1824) was a profoundly influential French artist, painter and lithographer, known for The Raft of the Medusa and other paintings. Although he died young, he became one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement.