General Brune, 1763-1815, was commander-in-chief of the army of Italy and of the French forces in Switzerland; in this portrait he wears 'petit uniforme' of a general of an artillery division

Bust of General Guillaume Brune, c. 1800

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Joseph Chinard was among the most popular portraitists of his day and a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte. His depiction of General Guillaume Brune shows why: he achieves a sense of intimacy without detracting from the dignity of a career soldier. Brune served under Napoleon Bonaparte in the Italian campaign of 1796 and afterward ascended quickly in the ranks of the French army. When Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, Brune was promoted to the role of marshal of the empire, a political title he held until 1807. Here, Brune is not wearing the marshal uniform (see illustration), suggesting that this bust dates to the late 1700s or very early 1800s.

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Title
Bust of General Guillaume Brune
Artist Life
1756–1813
Role
Sculptor
Accession Number
77.31a,b
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General Brune, 1763-1815, was commander-in-chief of the army of Italy and of the French forces in Switzerland; in this portrait he wears 'petit uniforme' of a general of an artillery division