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Palace of Versailles opens Napoleon’s Wars. Louis François Lejeune

The Palace of Versailles presents Napoleon’s Wars. Louis François Lejeune, general and painter in the Africa and Crimea rooms, an exhibition on view from 14 February to 13 May 2012.

The soldier, spy, painter and diplomat Louis François Lejeune (1775 – 1848) is a unique figure in the history of his time: as a soldier, he fought in all the wars of the Revolution and the Empire before reaching the rank of brigade general. But that was not enough for him: during his military career he painted the principal battles in a dozen paintings, then described the Napoleonic campaigns at length in his Souvenirs.

The exhibition is designed to do justice to this colourful artist. It presents his drawings and his paintings in the context of the artists of his time, as well as his personal memories of military and civilian life during the Empire, the Restoration and the July Monarchy.

Six sections present his production of battle paintings, from his observation of the theatre of operations until their exhibition in the Parisian salons. Through the life and works of Louis François Lejeune, the visitor discovers an eyewitness account of the wars of Napoleon.

The Palace of Versailles or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. –

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