The Woman with a Gambling Mania
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||77 cm × 65 cm (30.25 in × 25.5 in)|
|Location||Louvre Museum, Paris, France|
The Woman with Gambling Mania is an 1822 painting by Théodore Géricault. It is a member of a series of ten portraits of people with specific manias done by Géricault between 1820 and 1824, including Portrait of a Kleptomaniac and Insane Woman. Following the depression which ensued after the controversy surrounding his Raft of Medusa, Géricault fell into a depression. In return for help by psychiatrist Étienne-Jean Georget, Géricault offered him a series of paintings of mental patients, including this one, in a time when the scientific world was curious about the minds of the mentally insane. A solid example of romanticism, Géricault's portrait of a mental asylum patient attempts to show a specific form of insanity through facial expression.