"might have been a nocturnal study by Géricault, or de la Tour "
The Raft of the Medusa
Public DomainThe Raft of the Medusa - Credit: Théodore Géricault

Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) was an influential French painter and lithographer of the Romantic Period.  His best known work, The Raft of the Medusa, is a picture of 'pathos and protest'.  He was, according to Encylopedia Britannica, 'a dandy and an avid horseman whose dramatic paintings reflect his flamboyant and passionate personality'.

Julian Barnes devotes a chapter to The Raft of the Medusa in his book, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters.


Saint Joseph Charpentier
Public DomainSaint Joseph Charpentier - Credit: Georges de la Tour



Georges de la Tour was an earlier French artist (1593–1652) who painted many religious scenes lit by candlelight.  Like Vermeer, he explored and painted the 'realistic rendering of light'.