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The Return from Russia

A work made of lithograph in black with tan tint stone on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lithograph in black with tan tint stone on ivory wove paper.




Théodore Géricault
French, 1791-1824

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This print centers on two wounded soldiers as they return from the disastrous French invasion of Russia. In 1812 the French army, led by Napoleon, fought its way into Russian territory, beginning a bloody campaign that lasted five months and ended in a decisive loss for the French that decimated the size of the force as well as public faith in the French military.


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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault


The Return from Russia


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Lithograph in black with tan tint stone on ivory wove paper


Image: 44.4 × 36.1 cm (17 1/2 × 14 1/4 in.); Sheet: 58.7 × 41.9 cm (23 1/8 × 16 1/2 in.)

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Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection

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