Théodore Géricault was a leading French artist of the Romantic Movement. Géricault mastered his skills by copying master paintings at the Louvre in Paris.
Boxers. Lithograph. 1818. The Metropolitan
The Bagpiper. 1821. Lithograph. The Athenaeum
The artist eventually traveled to Italy where great masters such as Michelangelo inspired him. In Paris, Géricault was prone to copying Rubens and Rembrandt, among other old masters.
Entrance to the Adelphi Arch. 1821. Lithograph. Museum of Fine Arts Boston
While Géricault is best remembered for his iconic painting, The Raft of the Medusa, he was also a skilled lithographer. Géricault’s lithographs were thematically similar to his paintings. The artist portrayed historical events as well as dramatic sporting events, and portraits of both military figures and everyday people.
Return from Russia. 1818. Lithograph
Change of Residence. 1899. Woodcut
Swiss Guard and Wounded Veteran. 1819. Lithograph
Later in the artist’s life he became focused on the dying and impoverished. During his travels in London, Géricault produced a number of prints related to the extreme poverty that he witnessed. Géricault created his final works in France, which used psychiatric patients as his subject matter. The unusual portrait series was allegedly inspired by the artist’s own mental health issues. Géricault’s lithographs continue to be of great value and are in major print collections around the world.
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