Edward Hopper, ‘Russian Lancer’, ca. 1899, Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art, LTD.

Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 with an army of 600,000, but even he could not overcome the Russian winter and an enemy that left behind no supplies or protection. By the time Napoleon's starving, freezing army crossed back into France, his ranks had been reduced to no more than 10,000 soldiers. In this sketch, Hopper depicts a Russian Lancer, possibly resting after Napoleon's retreat. By the spring of 1813, Russia, Prussia, Britain and Sweden allied together, and by the spring of 1814, Napoleon was forced into exile. He escaped for a short time, and was finally exiled to an island in the South Atlantic.

Signature: Titled in ink by the artist: "Russian Lancer".

Brevard At Center and Museum, 1980
Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1981
Polk Public Museum, 1981
Florida School of Arts, 1984
Masur Museum, 1984

Edward Hopper: The Early Years (Catalogue No 15e)

The artist, until 1967, to his widow, Jo Hopper, until 1968, to the Reverend Arthayer R. Sanborn until 2006, then to a private collection until present.

About Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper defined 20th-century realism with his austere, eerie scenes that conveyed the alienation and isolation of modern life. Nighthawks (1942), a painting of three customers sitting at the counter of a diner late at night, is among his most famous works. The illusion of light pervades his paintings, which depict late 19th-century architecture, coastal views, and scenes of the city. Hopper’s characters, even when painted in groups, seem disconnected and lost in thought. "Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world," he said.

American, 1882-1967, Nyack, New York, based in Maine, Massachusetts and New York