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Maker(s):Géricault, Théodore
Culture:French (1791 - 1824)
Title:Landscape with Stormy Sky (recto); Buildings and Trees (View of Montmartre) (verso)
Date Made:ca. 1817 recto; 1815-1816 verso
Materials:recto: pen and brown (iron gall) ink with brush and ink, watercolor and gouache over graphite on cream wove paper , verso: graphite, pen and brown ink with touches of watercolor
Place Made:France
Measurements:sheet: 8 7/16 x 11 1/4 in.; 21.4313 x 28.575 cm; image: 6 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.; 16.0338 x 20.955 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1960.92
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

recto: landscape with stone building on ricky shore under stormy sky, verso: tall tree standing in front of building

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Carol Kaminsky:

Géricault’s short life spanned the rise and fall of Napoleon and the shift from rigid Classicism to the intensity of Romanticism. His short apprenticeship in the former style was followed by a period of self-study in Paris copying paintings in the Louvre and two years (1816–17) in Florence and Rome. This brooding landscape, possibly made in Italy, is transformed by sharp contrasts between light and dark. Bands of clouds race across the horizon; a glow emanates from a hidden moon and lights a crenellated tower as smoke rises to merge with the midnight blue of the sky. Landscapes are relatively rare within the artist’s drawn oeuvre, but another landscape by Géricault appears in the exhibition Drawn to Excellence on SCMA’s first floor.

landscapes; architecture

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