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Wild Horse, or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water

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.

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.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Wild Horse, or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1828

Medium

Lithograph, in black, on white wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 23 × 24 cm (9 1/16 × 9 1/2 in.); Sheet: 36.1 × 27.8 cm (14 1/4 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Martin Gecht, and Alan Rutenberg Fund

Reference Number

1989.173

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