Theodore Gericault was a 19th century French painter who helped pioneer the way for the Romantic style. When Gericault was studying as an art student in Paris the major artist movement of the time was Neoclassicism. However, Gericault did not favor this new movement with its classical roots and structural form. Instead, he preferred the works of such artists as Rubens, Titian, Velazquez and Rembrandt, all of whose works he copied and studied at the Louvre.
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