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The painting "The Raft of Medusa", Theodore Gericault - description

The painting

Raft of Medusa - Jean-Louis-Theodore Gericault. 491x716


"The Raft of Medusa" - The famous canvas of Theodore Gericault, which began the history of French romanticism.

The plot is not invented by the artist; the picture tells of a shipwreck that happened with the ship "Medusa". Numerous passengers and crew escaped on a raft that was carried by sea for almost two weeks. People, exhausted without food and drink, were dying. Several times they saw ships in the distance, in the hope they shouted to them, waving their rags that remained, but the ships passed by without noticing them. The hope of salvation was dying, the forces were melting. Finally, the unfortunate were discovered and lifted aboard. Only 15 out of 140 people who sailed on the Medusa survived.

The canvas excited the French capital. So really no one has yet depicted death. The painting entered the Louvre in 1824.

The picture was a response to the angry reaction of society, outraged by the cowardice of the leaders of the marine expedition, which led to the death of more than a hundred sailors and passengers with families. The master managed to portray the whole tragedy of the situation.

The author does not give any hope for a successful outcome of the situation. Raging sea, gloomy sky, hopelessness and the feeling of impending catastrophe - these components of the plot add up to a difficult atmosphere.

It is known that the artist, for the sake of the reliability of all the details of his work, spent many hours in morgues, and also talked with doctors to find out what changes were occurring in the body of a person who was forced to starve and for a long time to do without water.

Work has become a hallmark of the master. For a long time causing delight of criticism and undisguised interest of the public.


Watch the video: Théodore Géricault: Raft of the Medusa (May 2021).