Théodore Géricault

Images of Life and Death

Edited by Gregor Wedekind, Max Hollein, and Luc Vanackere

Théodore Géricault

Edited by Gregor Wedekind, Max Hollein, and Luc Vanackere

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

224 pages | 260 color plates | 9 2/5 x 11
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777420684 Published December 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
This beautifully illustrated volume presents French Romantic painter Théodore Géricault 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 Géricault’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 Géricault 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—Géricault’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 Géricault and his period round out the volume, which will be essential for fans of the Romantic tradition.


Sponsor’s Foreword

Directors’ Foreword



Counteracting Forces of Existence. Théodore Géricault’s Tragic Realism

Gregor Wedekind


Chapter I: Struggles
Chapter II: Bodies

Chapter III: Heads

Chapter IV: 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

Photo Credits


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