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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.




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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Eugène Delacroix


Wild Horse, or Frightened Horse Leaving the Water


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1828


Lithograph, in black, on white wove paper


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

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

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