Theodore Gericault (1791-1824) was one of the leading artists of the Romantic movement.
Theodore Gericault Summary:
- He initially trained under classicists but left after altercations with his teachers and the style and philosophy.
- After spending much time in the stables of Versailles, he observed the anatomy and actions of horses.
- During his visit to Italy, he became fascinated with the art of Michelangelo and the Baroque era.
- He painted portraits of persons with mental illnesses.
- Artists like Max Ernst, Frank Stella, and Jeff Koons have all mentioned Gericault’s The Raft of Medusa as inspiration for some of their works.
Theodore Gericault Famous Paintings:
- The Raft of Medusa (1819)
- The Charging Chasseur (1812)
- The Wounded Cuirassier (1814)
- Three Lovers (1820)
- Cattle Market (1817-1820)
- Anatomical Pieces (1819)