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Ophelia's Death, plate 13 from Hamlet

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory china paper laid down on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory china paper laid down on white wove paper.

Date:

1843

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

In this lithograph from Eugène Delacroix’s Hamlet series, the haunted, bedraggled Ophelia dangles herself above a stream in the moments before her death. Delacroix imbued the rushing water with a sense of loose fluidity through his keen use of the medium. Although Ophelia’s death happens offstage, it is recounted in a moving speech by Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, who describes the drowning Ophelia as “incapable of her own distress”: “Her clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like, a while they bore her up.” In contrast to the text and most other images of the scene, here Ophelia clutches a tree branch with one arm, as if contemplating her own demise.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Ophelia's Death, plate 13 from Hamlet

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1843

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory China paper laid down on white wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 15.8 × 25.7 cm (6 1/4 × 10 1/8 in.); Sheet: 35.7 × 54.9 cm (14 1/16 × 21 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1949.612m

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