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The Wild Horse

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The Wild Horse

Artist: Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798 - 1863)

Date: 1828
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Overall: 11 1/2 x 9 7/16in. (29.2 x 24cm)
Image: 9 9/16 x 9 7/16in. (24.3 x 24cm)
Signed: l.l.:'Eug. Delacroix/1828'
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.103
Label Text
Eugéne Delacroix was the most prominent figure in French Romantic painting in the early years of the 19th century. He signed and dated this lithograph in 1828 around the time he exhibited at the French Salon his huge painting, Death of Sardanapalus (Louvre, Paris), an exotic scene of sensuality and debauchery that was widely criticized. The fiery content of Delacroix's painting is reflected in this print. When considered in the light of the writings of the 18th century French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Delacroix's spirited steed can be seen as a pictorial metaphor of the Romantics' desire to "return to nature," and to live the life of a "noble savage" free from the corrupting influence of progress and civilization. Root's impression of Delacroix's lithograph is the second state, published in Paris in the journal, L'Artiste on March 1, 1865.

February 2005
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