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Combat Between Giaour and the 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.




Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

Like the poem on which it is based, Lord Byron’s The Giaour (1813), this print exhibits Europeans’ contemporary fascination with the Middle East, a trend known as Orientalism that often depended on stereotypes of violence and sexuality. In the poem, a Venetian giaour (a Turkish term for a non-Muslim) falls in love with Leila, a member of a Turkish harem controlled by the pasha (master), Hassan. When Hassan discovers this affair, he kills Leila. In the scene depicted here, the giaour fights the pasha to avenge his lover.


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Eugène Delacroix


Combat Between Giaour and the Pasha


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1827


Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper


Image: 35.8 × 26 cm (14 1/8 × 10 1/4 in.); Sheet: 47.5 × 33.9 cm (18 3/4 × 13 3/8 in.)

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

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