Theodore Gericault (26 September 1791
- 26 January 1824) was a profoundly influential French artist, painter and lithographer, known for The Raft of the Medusa and other paintings. Although he died young, he became one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement. Source:
Wikipedia, Theodore Gericault.
The Raft of the Medusa
The Raft of the Medusa is an oil painting of 1818-1819 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Theodore Gericault (1791-1824). Completed when the artist was just 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. At 491 cm × 716 cm (193.3 in × 282.3 in), it is an over-life-size painting that depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Meduse,
which ran aground off the coast of today's Mauritania on
July 5, 1816.
Wikipedia, The Raft of the Medusa.