Tag : Theodore Gericault

Vanity of vanities! An exercise in banality.

Vanity of vanities! An exercise in banality.

First published in The Guardian, 9 July, 2014   It ends a bit gruesomely this one. Severed heads and limbs were just some of the studies Gericault painted in preparation for his masterpiece “The Raft of Medusa”. Andy Warhol made pictures of soup cans which also shocked people. I’m not squeamish though. I once opened […]

The Raft of Medusa

The Raft of Medusa

First published in The Guardian, 14 May, 2014.   147 people climbed onto a raft to escape The Medusa, a French frigate which had run aground on a reef off Senegal in 1816. Thirteen days later the survivors were picked up by another ship which had stumbled across them. There were just 15 left. In […]

The Pointillists meet the Romantics

The Pointillists meet the Romantics

First published in guardian.co.uk on 4 April 2012