• Portrait of Count Alexander Osterman-Tolstoy

    Artist:
    Proudhon, Pierre Paul. 1758-1823
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    67x56 cm

Proudhon, Pierre Paul. 1758-1823

Portrait of Count Alexander Osterman-Tolstoy

France, between 1807 and 1812

Pierre Paul Proudhon, a painter and a graphic artist, treated mythological and allegorical subjects. He also painted genre scenes and portraits. Count Alexander Ivanovich Osterman-Tolstoy (1770-1857) was a Lieutenant-General, a participant in the Turkish-Russian War of 1787-1791 and the Patriotic War of 1812. In the 1812 campaign he was the commander of the 4th Infantry Corps in the army which Barclay de Tolly took command of. During the Battle of Borodino, Osterman-Tolstoy’s corps was between the artillery battery commanded by Nikolay Rayevsky and the Bagration fleches. Osterman-Tolstoy distinguished himself in the battle at Kulm in 1813, where he lost his left hand. This portrait shows Osterman-Tolstoy wearing plain clothes and no military insignia. It has served as the basis for the general’s portrait by George Dow (1825. The State Hermitage, the War Gallery of 1812. ГЭ-7843), which shows Osterman-Tolstoy wearing a general’s military uniform, with the Badge of the Order of St George, 2nd class. Osterman-Tolstoy venerated Emperor Alexander I. After Nicholas I’s accession to the throne, Osterman-Tolstoy went abroad for good. The painting has laconic composition, the soft modeling of the forms and a restrained colour scheme.

Title:

Portrait of Count Alexander Osterman-Tolstoy

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

67x56 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the Petrograd Art Treasures Department; originally in the Count D.I. Tolstoy collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5084

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