Jean-Louis-André-Théodore Gericault (1791–1824)

Horace Vernet French

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In the early 1820s, Parisian critics were hard pressed to decide which young painter held greater promise, Vernet or his close friend—and friendly rival—Gericault. This work shows Gericault as a Romantic artist, a type that had recently come into being based on Lord Byron's example. He is depicted deep in thought and possibly suffering physically as well. It was probably painted when Gericault was stricken with the disease that claimed his life in 1824. In a lithograph made by Vernet in 1823, Gericault wears the same scarf on his head.

Jean-Louis-André-Théodore Gericault (1791–1824), Horace Vernet (French, Paris 1789–1863 Paris), Oil on canvas

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