81.0 x 65.1cm stretcher; 105.5 x 88.5 x 11.5cm frame
Representing a romantic prelude to certain aspects of impressionist technique, this composition from the inestimable Delacroix has a special place in the collection. It links the formidable tradition of history painting to the subtler project of modernity. Here is an object less for instruction than delectation. Almost athletic in handling, the paint is applied in speedy flourishes typical of Delacroix's late manner. Though the works of his youth and maturity were frequently large in scale, he produced smaller easel paintings and sketches throughout his career. 'Angelica and the wounded Medoro' is a literary subject he tackled more than once, though rarely with the freedom and spontaneity of this version. Like Picasso, Delacroix was a ceaseless re-inventor of his own forms, which reflected his inner state at any given time.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.
Richard L Feigen & Co Inc. (United States of America), pre Aug 1996, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Robert L Feigen & Co Inc. 1996
Mrs W. Leicester van Leer (United States of America), 1981, New York/United States of America
Mrs Madison H Lewis (United States of America), 1962, New York/United States of America
Mrs Staub-Terlinden (Switzerland), 1939-circa 1945, Männendorf/Switzerland, by descent from Mrs Emil Staub
Mrs Emil Staub (Switzerland), 1930-1939, Männendorf/Switzerland
Emil Staub (Switzerland), 1921-1930, Männendorf/Switzerland, In the collection of Mr Emil Staub 1921. The painting passed by descent to his wife in 1930 who held it until 1939 where it then passed by descent to Mrs Staub-Terlinden.
Alfred Savoir, post 02 Mar 1912, dates unknown, after Hessel and before Emil Staub
Hessel, post 02 Mar 1912, Probably the dealer Joseph Hessel, Paris
Jean Dollfus (France, d.1911), pre 02 Mar 1912, Paris/France, sold Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Dollfus sale, 1-2 March 1912, lot no. 28
Charles Daubigny (France, b.1817, d.1878), 1873, France
M Carvalho, post 17 Feb 1864, Paris/France, Acquired from the estate of the artist, sale Hotel Drouot, Paris, 17 February 1864, lot no.123
'Transformation: Society's gifts of enriching art from Europe help collection turnaround' by Richard Beresford', pg.45-7, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years May 2003, May 2003, 46 (colour illus.), 47.
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 37 (colour illus.).
Anne Bamford (Editor), Viewpoints: visual arts case studies, Port Melbourne, 1998, 53 (illus.). fig.no. 6.3
'Close-Ups of the Collection', pg. 6., Look Aug 1997, Aug 1997, 6 (illus.).
'Rehanging the Old Courts' by Peter Raissis, pg. 9., Look Mar 1997, Mar 1997, 3, 9.
'Society gift' by Peter Raissis, pg. 20-21., Look Dec 1996-Jan 1997, Dec 1996-Jan 1997, 21 (colour illus.).
The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix: a critical catalogue 1986, 1986, 154 (Vol. III, no. 383), 156 (illus. vol. IV).
Raymond Escholier (France, b.1882) (Author), Delacroix, peintre, graveur, écrivain, Paris, 1926, 155.
Rene Huyghe (b.1906) (Author), Delacroix, London, 1963, 482, 492 (illus.). plate no. 370
Andre Malraux (France, b.1901, d.1976) (Author), Les voix du silence, Paris, 1951, 112 (illus.).
Magzine of Art Dec 1944, Dec 1944, 282 (illus.).
'Une scène de `Roland Furieux' traitée par Delacroix', by E. Lambert., BSHAF 1936, 1936, 148.
G Rouchès (France) (Author), Mélanges de philologie, d'histoire et de littérature offerts à Henri Hauvette, Switzerland, 1934, 602.
L Hourticq (France) (Author), Delacroix, l'oeuvre de maître, 1930, 135 (illus.).
P Courthion (France) (Author), L'Amour de l'Art VII, 1926, 37, 38 (illus.).
La Renaissance Aug 1923, Aug 1923, 468 (illus.).
Julius Meier-Graefe (France, b.1867, d.1935) (Author), Eugène Delacroix, Munich, 1922, 189 (illus.).
Author Unknown (Author), Der Cicerone, 1912, 240.
Boulevard des Italiens, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1864–1864.
Exposition d'une Collection Particulière, Galerie Georges Petit, 1885–1885.
Unknown, Basel, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1921–1921.
Exposition Eugène Delacroix, Louvre, 1930–1930.
Unknown, Zurich, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1939–1939.
Eugène Delacroix, Wildenstein & Co., 1944–1944.
Delacroix: A Loan Exhibition, Phillips Memorial Gallery, 1945–1945.
Between the Empires, Fogg Art Gallery, 1946–1946.
Pictures Collected by Yale Alumni, Yale University Art Gallery, 1956–1956.
Masters of Seven Centuries, Wildenstein & Co., 1962–1962.
Delacroix, Royal Academy of Arts, 1964–1964.
Delacroix, National Gallery of Scotland, 1964–1964.
Romantics and Realists, Wildenstein & Co., 1966–1966.
Unknown, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Unknown–Unknown.