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Tiger Ready to Spring

A work made of cliché verre on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cliché verre on cream wove paper.




Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

In contrast to the many resting tigers depicted by Delacroix in paintings, lithographs, and etchings, this one stands upright on its feet, tense and snarling at a challenger to the left. This is a rare instance of the artist’s use of the cliché verre technique, in which lines were etched or drawn on a glass plate to make a photographically produced image. Here the sparely delineated strokes imbue the wiry cat with an almost electric sense of anticipation and compact power.


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Eugène Delacroix


Tiger Ready to Spring


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1818–1863


Cliché verre on cream wove paper


Image: 15.8 × 19.1 cm (6 1/4 × 7 9/16 in.); Plate: 16.7 × 20.1 cm (6 5/8 × 7 15/16 in.); Sheet: 17 × 20.5 cm (6 3/4 × 8 1/8 in.)

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Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

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