Commission for Hershey’s Chocolate


This past February I was contacted by the Hershey’s Chocolate company with a request to recreate the famous painting “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” originally painted by the French artist Jacques-Louis David between 1801 and 1805. The occasion for this commission was that they were doing a rebranding of one of their chocolate bars, the Take 5 bar, and they wanted to give away this painting as the grand prize in the rebranding campaign contest.

In the painting, they wanted Napoleon to be replaced with comedian Nick Kroll (who is their spokesman in the campaign), they wanted the horse to be on top of Take 5 bars and they wanted the painting altered somewhat to be different from the original. They also wanted the painting to be finished in a week. It was an impossible job so of course I took it! It ended up taking about a week and a half and definitely gave me some more grey hairs, but I really loved recreating that classic painting with some changes!

Take 5

I grew up on a farm with horses and was obsessed with them as a child, constantly drew and painted them, so the chance to paint this famous horse was really exciting.

This painting is 20″ x 16″ oil on linen on panel and I used Rublev paints which I use almost exclusively. If you would like to see more of my paintings, go to my website gaylemadeira.com.

 

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