Raft of the Medusa by Teodor Gericault

Raft of the Medusa by Teodor Gericault

In 1817, Theodore Gericault, artist from France, went to Italy, where he studied the art of the Renaissance. Upon returning home, he became interested in the heroic stories. At that time, the artist moved by the real story of the wreck of the frigate “Medusa”. These tragic events, when 140 people were living 15, became the subsoil of the painting “The Raft of the Medusa”. All the characters in Jericho put on the foreground. Tired, exhausted people on the raft saw the approach of the ship. Each of them has its own demeanor. Some half-dead, and others lost their mind and do not respond to what is happening. Those who smolders hope of salvation, is very small. This creates a dynamic contrast to the figures of the composition. In addition, the artist emphasizes its light, which falls onto the canvas top. Impressive impressive size canvases. Creative handwriting image rendering shows that the work performed in the manner of classic style. A scene basis referred to the Romantic era. Brush Master first showed color change states of the human soul and the dramatic collision with a natural disaster. The color spectrum painting grim and austere, bright spots are seen only in a few places. Above his work Gericault worked for a long time. He carefully draws every detail of the canvas. The artist has made countless sketches and drawings. Responsibly and he came to the image of the real owners of the accident, which managed to survive. Portrait of a doctor and an engineer Savigny Korreara painter skillfully introduced into the composition. The appearance of the painting “The Raft of Medusa” has caused a great resonance among the public. Some took it as a protest against the existing way of a political nature. Emphasis was placed on the fact that “Medusa” inexperienced captain took the ship through patronage, so that what happened to blame corrupt. Despite the fact that the criticism of the picture was taken with restraint, it was a huge success in England, because this masterpiece of Jericho for the first time raised the issue of humanity in front of representatives of Romanticism. In 1824, the picture was the attraction of the Paris Louvre.

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