Théodore Géricault
French, 1791-1824
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Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2017
August Laube Buch & Kunstantiquariat at IFPDA Print Fair 2017,
August Laube Buch & Kunstantiquariat
Summer Selections,
Jill Newhouse Gallery
2016
August Laube Buch & Kunstantiquariat at London Original Print Fair 2016,
August Laube Buch & Kunstantiquariat

Théodore Géricault created one of the most iconic masterpieces of French Romanticism, the Raft of the Medusa (1818-19). Depicted on a monumental scale, Géricault portrayed in horrifying explicitness scenes of a shipwreck based on a contemporary event in which the captain had deserted his crew and passengers, leaving them to die. The painting’s allusions to governmental negligence and corruption ignited great controversy and brought Géricault widespread attention. Although he died young, his candid representations and bold style influenced many of his contemporaries, including Eugène Delacroix, who served as one of the models for the Raft of the Medusa.

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