After The Raft of Medusa | John Beard at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

John Beard’s version of The Raft of the Medusa allows one to comprehend the Romantic grandeur and powerful beauty of the great masterpiece by Theodore Géricault which hangs in the Louvre, Paris.

Géricault’s painting depicts the horrifying fate of sailors dying on a raft after the shipwreck of the French frigate Medusa off the West African coast 200 years ago, in July 1816.

For GIAF 2017, the artist is creating a second much darker, life–size mirrored version of the work which will hang, at adistance of 30 meters, opposite his painting After The Raft of the Medusa. The installation of both of Beard’s enormous works evokes questions of the viewer about aspects of reality, illusion, imagination and memory.

Backstage at the Festival
Gallery talk with the artist, 17 July, 2pm

The Shed,
Galway Docks