About the artist
Drawn towards the military-themed art of Baron Gros and influenced by works of Rubens and Renaissance Venetian painters in the Louvre, Géricault's recognition of Michelangelo's brilliance only grew stronger following his 1816-7 Italian visit. Upon his return to Paris, he created his most well known painting, 'The Raft of the Medusa' (displayed in The Louvre, Paris), a grand, modern drama scene painted in a heroic style, which he presented at the 1819 Salon.
Like Delacroix, Géricault admired English art and journeyed to England in 1820-1, but unfortunately returned in poor health. His final years produced a remarkable series of portraits of lunatic asylum inmates, commissioned by a friend.
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