Théodore Géricault, ‘Head of a shipwrecked man’, DICKINSON

Signature: with a signature believed to be a later addition: GERICAULT (upper left)

Clermont-Ferrand, Musée d’art Roger Quillot, Géricault, au coeur de la création romantique: études pour la Radeau de la Méduse, 2 June – 2 September 2012, no. 28.
Exposition rétrospective de Lyon, 1877, no. 81.
Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, Géricault, fragmenten van mededogen, 18 October 2013 – 26 January 2014, no. 109; this exhibition later travelled to Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 21 February – 21 May 2014.

A.L. Perrin et Marinet, Exposition rétrospective de Lyon, catalogue, 1877, p. 20, no. 81.
A. Darcel, “Expositions rétrospectives de Lyon et d’Angoulême”, Gazette des beaux-arts, no. XVI, September 1877, p. 271.
G. Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Étude critique, Paris, 1992, vol. V, p. 98.
B. Chenique, “Ein kannibalisches Kaiserreich: Politische Symbole in Théodore Géricault Floß der Medusa”, Idea, Jahrbuch der Hamburger Kunsthalle 2005 bis 2007, Im Fokus: Kunst um 1800, 2009, p. 64, fig. 3.
B. Chenique, Géricault, au coeur de la création romantique: études pour la Radeau de la Méduse, Clermont-Ferrand, 2012, no. 28, illustrated p. 212.
M. Hollein and G. Wedekind (eds.), Géricault, fragmenten van mededogen, Gent, 2013, p. 219, no. 109, illustrated p. 133.

Bertholon collection, 1877.
Dr. Jean Audry (1858 – 1960), Lyon, by 1924.
Private Collection, France.

About Théodore Géricault

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.

French, 1791-1824, Rouen, France, based in Paris, France

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