Andre Theodore Gericault was a French painter
born 1791 in Rouen, France and died 1824 in
Paris, France. Gericault was associated with
the Romanticism movement and was perhaps the
most influential artist of his time. Géricault
was greatly influenced by the work of Michelangelo
and other Italian Renaissance painters, as well
as that of the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens.
Early in his career, Géricault's paintings began
to exhibit qualities that set him apart from
such neoclassical French painters as Jacques-Louis
David. Géricault soon became the acknowledged
leader of the French romantics.