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The Raft of the Medusa
That is such an emotional painting. And the detail....amazing! Thanks for the lesson, both in art and history.
By: Scott Park on November 19, 2014
Thanks for sharing the history of this painting- fascinating!
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on November 19, 2014
I would have complained too. I can't imagine having a severed head and whatever other body parts around to get the look he sought. Talented man, but a creepy one.
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 19, 2014
good lord. i don't think i would have wanted to be a survivor. dying would have been more merciful.
By: TexWisGirl on November 19, 2014
yikes- glad I wasn't one of his neighbors...he took his work seriously that's for sure. Have to admire his skill and passion.
By: Kathe W. on November 19, 2014
I have to admit I'd never heard of him or this GREAT painting--thanks for the art lesson!!
By: fishducky on November 19, 2014
I love how you know so much about the history of art. Fascinating story behind this piece.
By: Hilary on November 19, 2014
That is one horrifying painting. I like it.
By: Al Penwasser on November 19, 2014
Just an observation....you'd have to be one strong dude to whip someone with a horse.
By: Al Penwasser on November 19, 2014
Horrifying and fabulous -- they may not have had a press with cameras there to show it as it happened, but this proves an excellent artist who wanted people to know what happened could fill that gap.
By: messymimi on November 19, 2014
I like the way you tell a compelling story about a single painting, and in the process share about art, history, and philosophy. The content here is harsh, but the composition is breath-taking.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on November 19, 2014
I want to know more about the first part of this story. You know, the part about the young hottie, etc.
By: Catalyst on November 19, 2014
Thanks for explaining Romanticism. The painting seems "busy" to me and like it's trying too hard - but I guess that's why Romanticism is the opposite of realism. Creepy about the corpse head. :P
By: Lexa Cain on November 19, 2014
The sea and action or lack of action of the people show a lot of action and emotion.
By: red on November 19, 2014
He certainly captured the despair and horror. The longer you look the more you see.
By: Akansas Patti on November 19, 2014
I certainly missed an art class in college and really wished you had been my teacher. I did read several books on the impressionists and then the work of Picasso and always loved that period. Maybe a class before I die?
By: Tabor on November 19, 2014
I'm rendered speechless by the story and art. Very impressive, to say the least.
By: Robyn Engel on November 19, 2014
As you know, art is now an important part of my world and I don't know much about it at all! I find this post to be a great lesson so keep them coming! Ray is very much into the life stories of artists so I feel the need to learn about them as well. Thanks Teach!
By: Bouncin Barb on November 19, 2014
What a story, both that of the one behind the painting and of the Artist himself.
By: John on November 20, 2014
He sounds an interesting character. I enjoy your art posts. In fact you've motivated me to try and learn more about art; only yesterday I bought a hefty "History of Art" book and I'm relishing each page - albeit I'm starting from a feebly low baseline.
By: Bryan Jones on November 20, 2014
Thanks for another marvelous and instructive post. The historical perspective is fascinating and the Gericault is extraordinary.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 20, 2014
Add me to those people who had never heard of Gericault or this painting. It's amazing what you teach us with just a few short paragraphs!
By: Pixel Peeper on November 20, 2014
Too much going on, or my glasses are worse than I thought. I find it hard to focus on this one.
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By: Arlynda Lea Beuterbaugh on November 20, 2014
I like the painting a whole more before you added all of the gory details. (LOL?)
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on November 21, 2014
Thanks so much for this post. Fascinating! I have to admit I was confused at first; your opening question made me think you were talking about yourself.
By: Mitchell is Moving on November 24, 2014
That is quite an unusual artistic story!
By: Michael Manning on November 25, 2014
This is a wonderful story. Steve, you have a historical novel here, if you wanted. You' d have to to go to Paris, the rock, and the coast, of course, but you could write it all off and have a terrific summer. And end ulp with terrific novel. Go for it! Jo
By: Jo Barney on December 4, 2014
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