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        Dominique Larrey crossing the B�r�zina, November 1812

        Solde, Alexandre (1822-93); French. Medium: gouache on paper. Date: 19th Century. Baron Dominique Larrey (1766-1842) personal doctor to Napol�on I. Dominique Larrey au passage de la B�r�zina. The Battle of Berezina (or Beresina) took place from 26 to 29 November 1812, between the French army of Napoleon, retreating after his invasion of Russia and crossing the Berezina (near Borisov, Belarus), and the Russian armies under Mikhail Kutuzov, Peter Wittgenstein and Admiral Pavel Chichagov. The battle ended with a mixed outcome. The French suffered very heavy losses but managed to cross the river and avoid being trapped. Since then, the French phrase: 'C'est la B�r�zina" = 'It's a complete disaster'. Provenance: Musee du Val de Grace, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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