This large study of The Raft of The Medusa (French: Le Radeau de la Méduse) – originally titled Scène de Naufrage (Shipwreck Scene) – is an oil painting of 1818–19 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault (1791–1824). Completed when the artist was 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. This study was found in Portugal and appears to be signed "Patin J.L" and dated 11.11.71. The original painting by Géricault is now in the collection. at the Louvre in Paris, France. The subject is a true event in French history, and depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today's Mauritania on 2 July 1816. On 5 July 1816, at least 147 people were set adrift on a hurriedly constructed raft; all but 15 died in the 13 days before their rescue, and those who survived endured starvation and dehydration and practiced cannibalism. The event became an international scandal, in part because its cause was widely attributed to the incompetence of the French captain.
This piece measures 74"W x 49.5"H and is 0.75"D. The painting has been stretched on a wood frame and is tacked in place along the edges. The tacks do show some signs of rust, but the canvas is fairly secure and in good condition, with some fraying and distortion present at the edges (though not significant).
CONDITION: Wear consistent with age and use. Some fraying present on edges of canvas, as well as rust on tacks. Canvas also shows some dust and debris along the back. No major losses to paint.
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