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Wreck : Gericault's Raft and the Art of Being Lost at Sea by Tom de Freston

Wreck : Gericault's Raft and the Art of Being Lost at Sea by Tom de Freston

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An artist's obsession with Gericault's monumental painting The Raft of the Medusa, and an intensely personal reckoning that delves deep inside the making of an artwork. Artist Tom de Freston has long had an obsession with Gericault's painting The Raft of the Medusa and the troubling story behind its creation. The monumental canvas, which hangs in the Louvre, depicts a 19th-century tragedy in which 150 people were drowned at sea on a raft lost in a stormy sea when the ship Medusa was wrecked on shallow ground.

When de Freston began making artwork with Ali, a Syrian writer blinded by a bombing, Raft's depiction of pain and suffering resonated powerfully with him, as did Gericault's awful life story. It spoke not only to Ali's story but to Tom's family history of trauma and anguish, offering him a passage out of the dark waters in which he found himself. In spellbinding, visceral prose, de Freston opens a window onto the magnetic frisson that runs between a past masterpiece and contemporary artistic endeavors.

He asks powerful questions about how we might translate violence, fear, and trauma into art, how we try to make sense of seemingly unthinkable acts, and the value in facing and depicting the darkest horrors.

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  • Format:Hardback 352 pages
  • Publisher:Granta Books
  • Imprint:Granta Books
  • ISBN:9781783786633
  • Published:3 Mar 2022
  • Classifications:History of art / art & design styles, Memoirs
  • Readership:General (US: Trade)
  • Weight:462g
  • Dimensions:144 x 224 x 34 (mm)
  • Pub. Country:United Kingdom
  • Country of Origin:GB
  • Tariff Codes:49019900
  • For sale in: United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France
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