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French painter of the nineteenth century, Gericault (Theodore) was born in 1791 in Rouen.
He died in 1824 in Paris, following a riding accident.
He discovered the horse that will be for him, his main inspiration.
He studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
He left for Italy in 1816 and will be heavily influenced by Michelangelo and Rubens.
In 1819 he painted his most famous painting "The Raft of the Medusa" for the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre.
He left France for England and discovered the Landscape Constable and Turner, and racing of horses that inspire him "the Derby at Epsom".
He is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery.
His tomb is decorated with a bronze statue and a fresco depicting the raft of the Medusa.