Bright colour and dynamic sea battle painting was created in 1845 by world-renowned French marine painter Baron Theodore Gudin (1802 - 1880).He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Girodet-Trioson from 1817, but soon became one of the representatives of the romantical movement and entered the circle of such artists as Gericault and Delacroix. By his first exhibiton in Salon 1822 his marine paintings brought him the glory. In 1824 he recieved the Gold Medal and 1828 Knight Cross of the Honor Legion. In 1838/1848 he created many marine works, 63 of them situated in Museum of Versailles. About 60 years long (1822-1880) he exhibited his works in Salon and abroad at the Exhibitions of the Royal Academy and the British Institute in London. In 1841 the artist worked in Warsaw and in 1841-1845 in St.Petersburg on commission of Tsar Nicholas I. He made 12 large paintings for the Tsar with views of the main Russian ports. Due the dating of our work, it was created by Gudin during his stay in St.Petersburg.
Literature: E. Benezit " Dictionary of painters, sculptors, decorators and etchers"(in French), Paris, 1999; Thieme/Becker, Leipzig,1999, in on-lne: wikipedia in Russian and English.
Inscription: signed and dated 1845, lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 22 1/2" x h 15" ( 57 x 38 cm), framed w 28 1/2" x h 21" (72,5 x 53,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition, no any inpaintings , original canvas.