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between shipwreck and storm, discovering romantic art


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M. Berrurier, L. Bignalet, D. Fuet, D. Chevalier

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Boats battling the elements, and often failed, were all the rage in the Romantic era. An exhibition at the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris is dedicated to them.
At the beginning of the 19th century, all painters were interested in news items, and shipwrecks fascinated them. This is the era of the sailing navy, and there are plenty of new ones. Artists thus began to paint sinking ships. The most famous, The Raft of the Medusa, by Théodore Géricault, is still their standard bearer today. This recipe for success is available as desired: uA sinking boat, a threatening cliff and desperate castaways, these are the essential elements in these paintings.

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Gaëlle Rio, director of the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris, which is devoting an exhibition to them, analyzes: “The meteorological storm that we see through all these natural elements is the mirror of the storm of the soul“. Dark, the romantic artist struggles to live. It must be said that Napoleon’s France was shipwrecked. After fifteen years of war, the Emperor was exiled to Saint Helena. At the heart of the paintings, the artist Romantic drowned For half a century, the discomfort of the romantics would influence painting, until the arrival of Impressionism and, with it, its joie de vivre.



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