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Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust

A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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




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.


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Eugène Delacroix


Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust


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Lithograph in black on white wove paper


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

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

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