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Lion Hunt

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1860/61

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 220

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Lion Hunt

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1860–1861

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower left: Eug. Delacroix / 1861

Dimensions

76.5 × 98.5 cm (30 × 38 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Potter Palmer Collection

Reference Number

1922.404

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