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Lion Devouring a Horse

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:

1844

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

Eugène Delacroix’s black-and-white lithographs are almost coloristic in their dramatic explosions of painterly tone. The artist, violently opposed to the careful linear styles espoused by the Royal Academy (as represented by Jean-August-Dominique Ingres and Jacques-Louis David), not only drew his animal prints directly onto the lithographic stone, but also clawed and scraped into them to create further highlights. This Orientalizing print was made twelve years after a seven-month journey through Spain, Morocco, and Algeria and was likely inspired by a combination of memory, imagination, and examination of the Barbary lions at the zoo in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Lion Devouring a Horse

Origin

France

Date

1844

Medium

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

Dimensions

170 × 235 mm (image); 305 × 450 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1965.165

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