Theodore Gericault, Painting Black Bodies: Confrontations and Contradictions

1st Edition

Albert Alhadeff

April 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 16 Color & 65 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367313333 - CAT# K426277
Series: Routledge Research in Art and Race


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This book examines Théodore Géricault’s images of black men, women and children who suffered slavery’s trans-Atlantic passage in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including his 1819 painting Raft of the Medusa. The book focuses on Géricault’s depiction of black people, his approach towards slavery, and the voices that advanced or denigrated them. By turning to documents, essays and critiques, both before and after Waterloo (1815), and, most importantly Géricault’s own oeuvre, this study explores the fetters of slavery that Gericault challenged--alongside a growing number of abolitionists--overtly or covertly. This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, race and ethnic studies and nineteenth century modern art.

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