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Théodore Gericault (1791 - 1824)
  • Jean-Louis-André-Théodore Géricault
  • Place of Birth: Rouen, France
  • Place of Death: Paris, France
Biography
Works of Art

A pupil of Carle Vernet (1758-1836) and Pierre-Narcisse Guérin (1774-1833), though probably more influential on his vigorous manner were the paintings of Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens, which he copied in the Louvre, and his admiration for his older contemporary Gros.

Between visits to Italy (1816-7) and London (1820-1) he painted his greatest work, The Raft of the Medusa (Paris, Louvre), exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1819 and later in London and Dublin. The last three years of his life were marred by ill health and financial difficulties which led him to produce small-scale pictures intended for collectors and dealers rather than the major projects of his earlier career.

He also painted c.1822 a series of portraits of insane people, probably for Dr Georget (now various locations), which are remarkable for their uncompromising realism.