A Shipwreck

Under a stormy sky a naked man emerges from an agitated sea. Violent contrasts of light and shadow create a bumpy surface across his muscular body. The subject suggests a relationship to Géricault's masterpiece, 'The Raft of the Medusa' (Salon of 1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris), but it may rather be a study for a series of large Italian landscapes.

Key facts

Artist dates
1791 - 1824
Full title
A Shipwreck
Date made
about 1817-18
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
72.7 × 59.1 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery