Combat Between Giaour and Pasha

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1827

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

The success of Lord Byron’s 1813 poem “The Giaour” fanned the flames of Orientalism in art and literature. Eugène Delacroix produced a painting as well as this print immortalizing Byron’s giaour, or “nonbeliever,” who falls in love with Leila, a member of a Turkish harem. This heady mix of Eastern and Western passions and beliefs has a predictably bad ending. After her master fatally throws Leila into the sea (an accepted punishment for adulterous women), her lover kills him before retreating to a monastery in remorse.

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Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Combat Between Giaour and Pasha

Origin

France

Date

1827

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

358 × 260 mm (image); 475 × 339 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mrs. George B. Young Fund and Suzanne Searle Dixon Endowment

Reference Number

1988.291

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