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Géricault : images of life and death / edited by Gregor Wedekind and Max Hollein.

  • Géricault, Théodore, 1791-1824
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This beautifully illustrated volume presents French Romantic painter Theodore Gericault in a fascinating new light: through his works that addressed the physical and psychological torments of modern life. The book presents hundreds of images of Gericault's paintings, in stunning full-color reproductions, to show how his emphasis on the suffering inherent in modern existence represented a completely new way of depicting life. Marrying the Romantics' fascination with horror and the unsentimental perspective of science, with his images of madness and death Gericault played a key role in the deliberate visualization of the modern, existentially isolated individual. When viewed this way - and placed in context with his contemporaries, such as Goya, Fuseli, and Adolph Menzel - Gericault's work upends the traditional opposition of realism and Romanticism, allowing us instead to see them as interrelated, sharing approaches and areas of interest. Four essays by scholars steeped in Gericault and his period round out the volume, which will be essential for fans of the Romantic tradition.


Frankfurt : Schirn Kunsthalle ; München : Hirmer, [2013]

Physical description

223 pages : colour illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm


Catalogue of an exhibition held at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, October 18, 2013 - January 26, 2014; Museum voor Schonen Kunsten, Ghent, February 21 - May 25, 2014.
Essays by Gregor Wedekind, Bruno Chenique, Bruno Fornari, Kristin Schrader and Claude Quétel.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references.


Counteracting forces of existence : Théodore Géricault's tragic realism / Gregor Wedekind -- Struggles -- Bodies -- Heads -- Crises -- Géricault and Delacroix, or the birth of revolutionary Romanticism / Bruno Chenique -- Géricault or the cruelty of the everyday / Bruno Fornari -- The facial and the contradictive : kinships between Marlene Dumas and Géricault / Kristin Schrader -- Géricault and Romantic psychiatry : a dual encounter / Claude Quétel -- Biography of Théodore Géricault -- List of exhibited works.

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Simultaneously published in German, English and Dutch editions.



  • English

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