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.
Lion de l'Atlas
ii of 4 states
48.3 x 63.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 4 publications
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