Théodore Géricault

French, 1791–1824

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Théodore Géricault

French, 1791–1824

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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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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 2 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Théodore Géricault
Why Has Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa Inspired So Many Contemporary Artists?
Nov 25th, 2015
Why Has Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa Inspired So Many Contemporary Artists?
Happy birthday to “Raft of the Medusa” artist Théodore Géricault
Sep 26th, 2013
Happy birthday to “Raft of the Medusa” artist Théodore Géricault
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