Studies of Lions

A work made of graphite on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1829

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

Delacroix created these preliminary images for the nearby Lion of the Atlas Mountains (1927.1646), which would appear in reverse as a result of the printmaking process. Experimenting with several positions for the lion’s prey, and two expressions for the feline itself, this abbreviated sheet suggests several close sessions at the Jardin des Plantes. Ever diligent in his research, Delacroix even sought permission to arrive before the zoo opened to the public, to watch the lions being fed.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Studies of Lions

Origin

France

Date

1829

Medium

Graphite on cream laid paper

Dimensions

227 × 342 mm

Credit Line

David Adler Collection

Reference Number

1950.1411

Extended information about this artwork

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