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Arab Horseman Attacked by a Lion

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1849/50

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

Man and beast intertwine to form a single writhing body in this emotionally charged depiction of a lion attacking a horse and its rider. Through short, energetic brushstrokes and carefully manipulated contrasts of light and shadow, Eugène Delacroix imbued this imagined scene with action and drama. While many artists of the period explored the theme of man versus nature, depictions of Arab men entangled with wild animals served a specific propagandistic function, justifying the brutality of French colonial rule by depicting its subjects as violent and inhuman.

Status

On View, Gallery 220

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Arab Horseman Attacked by a Lion

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1849–1850

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

43.9 × 38.1 cm (17 1/4 × 15 in.)

Credit Line

Potter Palmer Collection

Reference Number

1922.403

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