|Dates||1791 - 1824|
Géricault's fiery, daring personality and short life fit the mold of Romantic artists of his era and, along with his controversial paintings, profoundly influenced nineteenth-century art. Despite about three years of studio training, Géricault was largely self-taught. He copied paintings in the
In his enormous Raft of the Medusa, now at the Louvre, Géricault mixed
Géricault died in 1824 after a prolonged illness caused by a riding accident. His last major works, discovered almost fifty years after his death, were penetrating portraits of the insane. Like the Raft of the Medusa, they offered a new concept of appropriate subject matter for serious painting.