CAROLUS-DURAN
(b. 1837, Lille, d. 1917, Paris)

The Convalescent or The Casualty

1860
Oil on canvas, 99 x 125 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Those painters who followed the example of Courbet found their work rejected or ignored. The memory of Courbet's Wounded Man (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) was clearly evoked by the young Carolus-Duran in the Convalescent or The Casualty, a fragment of the large composition that had won Carolus-Duran the Prix Wicar in Lille in 1860, leading to a four-year stay in Italy. For the Salon, he settled for a waistcoat open to reveal a white shirt, whereas before he had boldly dressed his subject in a bright-red jacket.