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BIDAULD Jean Joseph Xavier ; VERNET Carle (BIDAULD Jean Joseph Xavier (Carpentras, 1758 ; Montmorency, 1846))
Le débuché devant le Grand Trianon en 1810

1810
toile (peinture à l’huile) H. 210 cm ; l. 95 cm
Non signé.
inv. 1067
legs Marmottan Paul (testateur) (1932 acquis)
This work belongs to a series of six canvases made between 1810 and 1811, now conserved at the Musée Marmottan Monet. Tall and narrow in format, this suite in which the landscapes are by Bidauld and the figures by Vernet decorated the paneling of the drawing room at Davout’s château in Savigny-sur-Orge in Seine-et-Oise. All but two of these paintings relate episodes during Napoleon I’s stays at his imperial residences. This is one of the few existing representations of Versailles in the First Empire period. This hunting scene is set in front of the Horseshoe Basin, with the Grand Trianon behind it in the distance. In the foreground are valets and dogs while in the center the emperor, wearing the uniform of a colonel in the Horse Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard, rides a white horse. He is followed by the Mamluk Roustan and members of his household. The sky and foliage of the tree account for two thirds of the composition, in keeping with its decorative function