About This Artwork

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault
French, 1791-1824

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

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.

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