Theodore Gericault, Painting Black Bodies: Confrontations and Contradictions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Theodore Gericault, Painting Black Bodies

Confrontations and Contradictions, 1st Edition

By Albert Alhadeff


256 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 65 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367313333
pub: 2020-04-01
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This book examines Théodore Géricault’s images of black men, women and children who suffered slavery’s trans-Atlantic passage in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including his 1819 painting Raft of the Medusa. The book focuses on Géricault’s depiction of black people, his approach towards slavery, and the voices that advanced or denigrated them. By turning to documents, essays and critiques, both before and after Waterloo (1815), and, most importantly Géricault’s own oeuvre, this study explores the fetters of slavery that Gericault challenged--alongside a growing number of abolitionists--overtly or covertly. This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, race and ethnic studies and nineteenth century modern art.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Géricault Painting Black Bodies

1 Black Bodies

2 Prurient Bonds

3 Editing and Emendations

4 Parity

5 Fabricating Blacks

6 Deference and Decorum

7 Empathy

8 Quotidian Portraits

9 Epilogue

About the Author

Albert Alhadeff is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Race

Routledge Research in Art and Race is a new series focusing on race as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Romanticism
ART / Techniques / Painting
ART / Techniques / Watercolor Painting
HISTORY / Europe / France
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)