Victoria & Albert: Art & Love

La Rixe

1855

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

Given to Prince Albert

 

A row over a game of cards has escalated into a duel. The sense of drama is heightened through the twisting, straining poses of the figures. With their literary counterpart in historical novels like The Three Musketeers, Meissonier's pictures evoke a nostalgic vision of the past and were keenly sought after. The picture was the star of the Paris exhibition of 1855.


Oil on panel

44.2 x 56.9 cm

Signed and dated: JLMeissonier 1855

RCIN 404872

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010