William Tell capsizing the boat on which the governor Gessler was crossing Lake Luzern
The French Revolution showed unfailing solidarity to European peoples and the national heroes who revolted against oppression. This explains why between 1791 and 1795 Vincent painted this piece presenting one of William Tell’s acts of bravery. Sentenced to perish on the lake of Lucerne during a storm, William Tell managed to push Gessler into the boat that was to carry him. This monumental piece shows a pre-Romantic sensibility through its tormented landscape and the extreme violence of the action.