About This Artwork

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault (French, 1791-1824)
printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel (German and English, 1789-1850)
published by Rodwell and Martin

A Paraleytic Woman, plate 9 from Various Subjects Drawn from Life on Stone, 1821

Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper
226 x 317 mm (image); 376 x 496 mm (sheet)

Restricted gift of Alan Rutenberg; Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1991.228.1

Although he was renowned as a painter, Théodore Géricault feared that he could never rival the work of his predecessors. Thus, he embraced the invention of lithography in the late 18th century as an opportunity to become the master of a new medium. Here Géricault used the lines of the building to frame the young girl’s despair at the plight of the older woman.

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