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A new monograph exploring the life and works of Theodore Gericault (1791-1824), an artist whose life, imagination and legacy continue to enthrall audiences, artists and critics alike. Gericault's small but varied oeuvre has consistently defied easy definition; the artist himself struggled throughout his short career with the conflicting demands of the grand Neo-classical style and radical Romanticism. He was drawn to subjects of drama and horror, painting gruesome scenes of life in France as Napoleon's Empire ceded to a restored Monarchy - few more shocking than the cannibalism among shipwrecked victims that inspired his masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa.Yet equally significant in his artistic production was a passion for the wild imagery of horses, which even dictated his choice of painting teacher and led to some of the greatest equestrian portraits and history paintings in French art. Gericault also took great interest in the depths of the human mind, which inspired his riveting portraits. In this incisive and comprehensive survey, Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer pays tribute to established Gericault scholarship, but also reassesses the career of an artist too easily miscast as the archetypal 'tortured soul' of art-historical Romantic mythology. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer discusses all the artist's key paintings and drawings, with particular attention to the iconic Raft of the Medusa, the history of its production and its artistic afterlife up to the present day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714844008
ISBN-10: 0714844004
Format: Hardback
(290mm x 250mm x 30mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer

Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer is Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware. She has published extensively on French nineteenth-century art, including essays and books on Gericault, Horace Vernet, Delacroix and Cezanne.

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