Crazed, parched and starved, they slaughtered mutineers, ate their dead companions and killed the weakest. In the words of one of the surviving crew members, "From the delirium of joy, we fell into profound despondency and grief.
The painter researched the story in detail and made numerous sketches before deciding on his definitive composition, which illustrates the hope of rescue.
According to the art historian Richard Mutherthere is still a strong debt to Classicism in the work. The horizontal grouping of dead and dying figures in the foreground forms the base from which the survivors emerge, surging upward towards the emotional peak, where the central figure waves desperately at a rescue ship.
There was very little perceptible movement of his body or arms. The captain was Hugues Duroy de Chaumereys, a 53 year-old man who had not been to sea in twenty-five years and had never commanded a ship before. The ship had not been broken apart as he had thought, but remained intact, with only three of the seventeen men who stayed aboard still alive after fifty four days.
Among the scenes he considered were the mutiny against the officers from the second day on the raft, the cannibalism that occurred after only a few days, and the rescue.
The concept of hope is confronted by the reality of the situation which is over emphasised by the father grieving the loss of his son, the two figures signifying despair and solitude. Remarkably, the ship survived these maritime battles only to crash on a sandbank in during an attempt to colonize Senegal.
The Argus can only just be seen on the horizon.
De Chaumereys was court-martialed, then acquitted because the French feared ridicule from the British for putting de Chaumereys in charge in the first place. The latter include two figures of despair and solitude: The master himself was nearing his end, and exiled in Belgium.
Red Vineyard at Arles. But in my humble opinion he has earned a place at the table of the greats with this heart-rending work.
Due to the shortage of lifeboats, those who were left behind had to build a raft for souls. Moreover, Gericault uses his art knowledge to react to the atrocity through his composition.Théodore Géricault created one of the most iconic masterpieces of French Romanticism, the Raft of the Medusa ().
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 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 inwith over soldiers on board. This is an analysis of Theodore Gericault's The Raft of Medusa and a brief overview of the Romanticism period.
Education and Science» Art History; An Art Analysis of Theodore Gericault's Romantic Painting 'the Raft of the Medusa' () Updated on February 12, Gericault, Raft of the Medusa.
Start studying art history. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Search. known for The Raft of the Medusa and other paintings. He was one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement. a painting by Theodore Gericault in the Romantic style, a history painting trying to capture the horrors of the.
Theodore Gericault's "The Raft of Medusa:" When:19th century Where: Paris, France What: Oil on canvas, painting depicts a shipwreck heading around the Southern tip of Africa, there weren't enough lifeboats (high class got the boats) 2 weeks on life boat, inspired from painting corpses.
His most famous work, The Raft of the Medusa, was a watershed moment in the history of modern art, as it married the immediacy of current events and an eyewitness sensibility with the traditional, monumental format of a grand Salon painting.
Much of Gericault's work relied on keen observation, social awareness and at times a politically engaged Nationality: French.Download