Gericault's the raft of the medusa and picasso's guernica are both horrifying accounts of the nature of men that aimed to alter a viewer's political perception the raft of medusa, also known as “the shipwreck scene”, was a highly criticized piece of art.
The raft of the medusa portrays a brief moment of euphoria as the men on the raft spot another ship in the distance, hoping and praying to be rescued after thirteen horrific days at sea the argus can only just be seen on the horizon.
The raft of the medusa (french: géricault was captivated by accounts of the widely the painting was seen as largely sympathetic to the men on the raft, .
A wrenching scene of shipwrecked men helpless in the grips of the ocean, théodore géricault's the raft of the medusa is heralded as one of the most influential works of french romanticism but . The raft of the medusa painting after a then well-known catastrophe in which survivors of the ship medusa drifted across the sea for 27 days oil on canvas (1819) 491 x 716 cm - rf 4884.
Théodore géricault created one of the most iconic masterpieces of french romanticism, the raft of the medusa (1818-19) depicted on a monumental scale, géricault portrayed in horrifying explicitness scenes of a shipwreck based on a contemporary event in which the captain had deserted his crew and passengers, leaving them to die.