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Lion of the Atlas Mountains

A work made of lithograph in black on light-gray china paper laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé).
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on light-gray china paper laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé).




Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863)
printed by E. Ardit (French, act. 1828-1834)

About this artwork

Delacroix’s largest pair of pendant prints features a monumental lion (seen here) and a regal tiger (1927.1645), presented in a kind of face-off. Ancient Roman games regularly pitted Barbary lions and Bengal tigers against each other. Into the late 19th century, they were still made occasional enemies for entertainment and profit, as in one heavily wagered bout to the death in India. While this particular big cat may appear passive compared with the ravening lion, the tiger usually triumphed in these showdowns.


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Eugène Delacroix


Lion of the Atlas Mountains


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Lithograph in black on light-gray China paper laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé)


Image: 33 × 46.5 cm (13 × 18 5/16 in.); Sheet: 47 × 62.5 cm (18 9/16 × 24 5/8 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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