Napoleon on the Battlefield
Property from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions *** Cheremetew 19th Century Napoleon on the Battlefield signed Cheremetew l.r., further signed and titled in Latin on the stretcher oil on canvas Canvas: 65 by 100cm, 25½ by 39½in. Framed: 74 by 109.5cm, 29¼ by 43in. Provenance Parke-Bernet, Russian Works of Art, 18 December 1968, lot 279 Acquired at the above sale by C. Michael Paul A gift from the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, Inc., and the Charles Ulrick and Joseph Bay Foundation to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1968 Catalogue Note Napoleon and his French generals are depicted in their distinctive tricorns at the right of the battlefield surveying the aftermath during his Russian campaign of 1812. C. Michael Paul (1901-1980) was born Pavel Mikhailovich Iogolevitch in Imperial Russia where, after a brief career as a violinist, he joined the Russian army. He changed his name to Capton Michael Paul when he emigrated to the United States after World War I. After accumulating a large fortune in the petroleum business, he founded the C. Michael Paul Foundation and in 1965, he endowed the C. Michael Paul Hall at the Julliard School.