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Lion Hunt

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

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In 1832 Eugène Delacroix joined a diplomatic envoy to French-colonized Algeria. The sights and experiences from this six-month journey fueled the rest of his career, lending his canvases an illusion of accuracy that his less-traveled competitors lacked. The artist expressed in his journals from abroad his admiration for Arab culture, even characterizing it as superior to that of post-revolutionary France. Nevertheless, in paintings like this he catered to violent European fantasies about the Arab world. Having never witnessed a lion hunt, Delacroix skillfully synthesized studies of landscapes, Islamic costume, and zoo animals to bring this narrative to life with theatrical intensity.


On View, Gallery 220


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Eugène Delacroix


Lion Hunt


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at lower left: Eug. Delacroix / 1861


76.5 × 98.5 cm (30 × 38 1/2 in.)

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Potter Palmer Collection

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