Scene from the Epidemic of Yellow Fever in Cadiz (Primary Title)
Scene from the Epidemic of Yellow Fever in Cadiz (Primary Title)

Théodore Géricault, French, 1791 - 1824 (Artist)

ca. 1819
French
oil on canvas
Unframed: 14 7/8 × 18 1/4 in. (37.78 × 46.36 cm)
Framed: 24 3/4 × 28 in. (62.87 × 71.12 cm)
59.7
Géricualt's interest in human suffering continued to preoccupy him even after his immense Raft of the Medusa (showing the terrible aftermath of a shipwreck) failed to win approval at the Salon exhibition of 1819. Géricault perhaps intended this small but powerful scene – also a sensational subject from modern life – as a study for a much larger work that, characteristically, the artist never finished.
Unsigned and unfinished. The exact subject is not known. Other titles are "The Plague of Missolunghi", "Plague Scene", "Les Pestifères"
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
1991-1992: "Gericault", Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, September 26, 1991 - January 6, 1992.

1989: "Gericault: Romantic Paintings and Drawings", The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Legion of Honor, CA, January 28 - March 26, 1989.

1987-1988: "Theodore Gericault", Musee d'Art Moderne, Kamakura, October 31 - December 20, 1987; Musee National d'Art Moderne, Kyoto, February 2 - March 21, 1988; Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Fukuoka, March 24 - April 24, 1988.

1987: "Theodore Gericault, 1791-1824", Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, April 7 - May 23, 1987.

1979-1980: "Gericault", L'Academie de France a Rome, November 22, 1979 - January 20, 1980.

1978: "Degas", VMFA, May 23 - July 9, 1978.

1978: "French Nineteenth Century Oil Sketches: David to Degas", Ackland Memorial Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 5 - April 20, 1978.

1973: "Reality, Fantasy and Flesh, traditions in 19th Century Art", University of Kentucky, Lexington, October 28 - November 18, 1973.

1971-1972: "Gericault", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 12 - December 12, 1971; Detroit Institute of Art, January 23 - march 7, 1972; Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 30 - May 14, 1972.

1967-1968: "The Human Figure in Art", VMFA Artmobile exhibition, February 1967 - January 1968.

1966: "Art in the Making", Colby College, Waterville, ME, July 15 - September 25, 1966.

1966: "Romantics and realists, French Painting, 1820-1870", Wildenstein Gallery, NY, April 7 - May 7, 1966.

1953: "Select French Paintings XIX and XX Century", Lefevre Gallery, London, June - July 1953.

1937: "Chefs d'Oeuvre de l"art Francais", Palais National des Arts, Paris, 1937., No. 337.

1934: "La rehabilitation du Sujet", galerie A. Seligman, Paris, 1934, No. 103.
Germaine Basin, Thédore Géricault, Tome VI: Genie et Folie (Paris: Wildenstein Institute, 1994) pp. 66, 168-169, cat. no. 2097, ills.

Régis Michel, Géricault L'invention du Réel (Paris: Gallimard, 1992) p. 119.

Lorenz Eitner, Géricault, sa Vie, son Oeuvre (Paris: Gallimard, 1991) p. 284, fig. 138.
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