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Arty Fact

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Gericault loved macabre subjects such as death and insanity.

This creepy painting was part of his effort to get better at painting dead people. He was practicing the fine points of corpse painting in preparation for his masterpiece 'The Raft of the Medusa' -- a raft with a bunch of dead and dying French sailors on it.