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Portrait of a Child Murderer

: Musée des Beaux-Arts at London

Géricault studied and drew the insane from 1822 to 1833. His friend Dr. Georget was a pioneer in the clinical study of insanity. This portrait of a child murderer is especially horrible, for the viewer is made aware of both the woman's suffering, and her still-murderous potential in a restrained, almost detached observation. His other studies of mad people are equally controlled and frightening.
 
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