Théodore Géricault - The Raft of the Medusa Poster
Théodore Géricault (1791 - 1824)
The Raft of the Medusa
Salon of 1819 - H. : 4,91 m. ; L. : 7,16 m. Musée du Louvre
Acquired at the posthumous sale of the artist through the intermediary of Pierre-Joseph-Dedreux-Dorcy, friend of Géricault, 1824
The Raft of the Medusa-a major work in French 19th-century painting-is generally regarded as an icon of Romanticism. It depicts an event whose human and political aspects greatly interested Géricault: the wreck of a French frigate off the coast of Senegal in 1816, with over 150 soldiers on board. The painter researched the story in detail and made numerous sketches before deciding on his definitive composition, which illustrates the hope of rescue.
- Original work kept at :
- Paris, musée du Louvre