July 29, 2010

Paris in Juli (4)

Painting of the month (2)

I found this painting really accidentaly, during reading the book A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes. The 5. chapter is about this artwork. Somehow, it's wonderful on its extraordinary way:

Theodore Géricault (1791-1824): The Raft of the Medusa

"The Raft of the Medusa (French: Le Radeau de la Méduse) is an oil painting
of 1818–1819 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault
(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),[1] it is an
over-life-size painting that depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of
the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today's
Mauritania on July 5, 1816. At least 147 people were set adrift on a hurriedly
constructed raft; all but 15 died in the 13 days before their rescue, and those
who survived endured starvation, dehydration, cannibalism and madness. The event
became an international scandal, in part because its cause was widely attributed
to the incompetence of the French captain acting under the authority of the
recently restored French monarchy."


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Tamara said...

This is both extremely distressing and pretty amazing. Obviously the artist felt a need to depict this moment in history for a reason. For Art, it's incredibly detailed and evokes strong emotions.

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