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An image of Lion of Atlas by Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix

(France 26 Apr 1798 – 13 Aug 1863)

Title
Lion of Atlas
Alternative title:
Lion de l'Atlas
Year
1829
Media category
Print
Materials used
lithograph
Edition
ii of 4 states
Dimensions

48.3 x 63.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
45.1979
Location
Not on display
Further information

Delacroix’s portrayals of wild cats owe a fundamental debt to the lithographs of Géricault. He also greatly admired the works of the British animal painters George Stubbs and James Ward. Delacroix remained deeply fascinated by the ferocity of wild animals, which for many romantics revealed nature’s primal energies beyond the power of human reason.

Bibliography (4)

Nicholas Draffin, Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Sydney, 1991, 12. no catalogue numbers

Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 51 (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 127 (colour illus.).

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, 'French romanticism', pg. 4, Sydney, 1995, 4, 7. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (4)

Three years on: acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981

Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 1990–27 Jan 1991

Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014