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Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust

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

Date:

1828

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

This nightime scene depicts the demon Mephistopheles flying above a cityscape. The stark contrasts of light and dark emphasize his ghoulish form, accentuated with sharp claws and toenails. This lithograph is the prologue to Eugène Delacroix’s series illustrating key episodes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s drama Faust. An ambitious German scholar, Faust makes a deal with Mephistopheles to gain fame and fortune but, in return, Faust loses his soul and morality.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1828

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 27 × 23 cm (10 11/16 × 9 1/16 in.); Sheet: 42.9 × 29 cm (16 15/16 × 11 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1930.1256

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