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Wild Horse or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water

A work made of lithograph from two stones in buff and black on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph from two stones in buff and black on white wove paper.

Date:

1828

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

Delacroix frequently depicted wild horses, often as the unwilling prey of larger animals. The British artist George Stubbs (1724–1806) was a likely inspiration for these works, as his printed portraits of horses in dark settings and bleak situations were well known in France. Delacroix’s sizable, atmospheric lithograph leaves much to the viewer’s imagination. We cannot see the reason for the horse’s fright, but feel its powerful urge to escape. This chilling image touches on all the hallmarks of the Romantic movement and reflects Delacroix’s preoccupation with images of suffering, insanity, violence, and imminent death.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Wild Horse or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1828

Medium

Lithograph from two stones in buff and black on white wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 26.7 × 24.4 cm (10 9/16 × 9 5/8 in.); Sheet: 24.4 × 24.1 cm (9 5/8 × 9 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Wesley Dixon

Reference Number

1983.784

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