Wild Horse, or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water

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

One of Delacroix's early lithographs, this image has become an icon of French romanticism. Theodore Géricault, Baron Gros, and even earlier, Jacques Louis David, had depicted the horse as a noble and trustworthy creature, but, for Delacroix, the horse epitomized a wilder spirit. In this brilliant impression, the primal fear of a threatened wild beast is expressed with particular drama. Here we see the quintessential Delacroix, who, as the poet Charles Baudelaire wrote, "was passionately in love with passion and coldly determined to seek the means of expressing it.”

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Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Wild Horse, or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water

Origin

France

Date

1828

Medium

Lithograph, in black, on white wove paper

Dimensions

230 × 240 mm (image); 361 × 278 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Gecht, and Alan Rutenberg Fund

Reference Number

1989.173

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