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About This Artwork
The Return from Russia, 1818
Lithograph in black with tan tint stone on ivory wove paper
444 x 361 mm (image); 587 x 419 mm (sheet)
Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection, 1951.124
Prints and Drawings
Not on Display
Théodore Géricault, who often sympathized with the helpless in his art, glorified these wounded soldiers by showing them from a low angle. The center group stands out, while lighter figures fade into the background, suggesting early difficulties with balancing contrast on a lithographic stone. Although the use of a tint stone was technically difficult, it allowed artists like Géricault to include more painterly effects in their prints.
— Exhibition label, Belligerent Encounters: Graphic Chronicles of War and Revolution, 1500–1945, July 31–October 23, 2011, Galleries 124–127.