- 20 x 40 inches
- © 2012
- Oil on Vellum
Napoleon - 1769-1821
Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica in 1769. During the tumultuous years of the French Revolution, Napoleon fought well for the Republic. As the new government organized he worked his way into power. In 1804, he set the foundation for much of Europe’s legal system by establishing the Napoleonic Code. In 1804, Napoleon did away with the Consulate and crowned himself Emperor in an extravagant coronation ceremony. Napoleon was considered one the the greatest generals in history, constantly trying to expand France sometimes to his political detriment. After his first exile and with the great powers of Europe deep in negotiations over how to redivide the continent, Napoleon raised a new army in the period known as the Hundred Days. In June 1815, the armies of Wellington and Blucher defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. Napoleon was again exiled, this time to distant Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, where he died in 1821.
Lance Hewison (b. 1982) lives in San Francisco, CA. He graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts from Academy of Art University, and studied in Italy in 2009. He is now an instructor at Academy of Art University, and has participated in numerous exhibitions domestically, as well as internationally in the UK. Lance works on large canvases and panels, and utilizes oil, acrylic, encasutic, and various printmaking techniques. The compositions typically feature single or multiple figures set within stark, abstracted environments. Some of these figures include historical persons, mythological heroes and monsters, bruised and bloodied athletes, a diefied lover, and slumbering young men.