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Angelica and the wounded Medoro

circa 1860


Eugène Delacroix


26 Apr 1798 - 13 Aug 1863


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.



circa 1860

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


81.0 x 65.1 cm stretcher; 105.5 x 88.5 x 11.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with assistance from the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1996

Accession number


Artist information

Eugène Delacroix

Works in the collection


Shown in 14 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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

Charles Daubigny, 1873, France

Jean Dollfus, pre 02 Mar 1912, Paris/France, sold Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Dollfus sale, 1-2 March 1912, lot no. 28

Hessel, post 02 Mar 1912, Probably the dealer Joseph Hessel, Paris

Alfred Savoir, post 02 Mar 1912, dates unknown, after Hessel and before Emil Staub

Emil Staub, 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.

Mrs Emil Staub, 1930-1939, Männendorf/Switzerland

Mrs Staub-Terlinden, 1939-circa 1945, Männendorf/Switzerland, by descent from Mrs Emil Staub

Mrs Madison H Lewis, 1962, New York/United States of America

Mrs W. Leicester van Leer, 1981, New York/United States of America

Richard L Feigen & Co Inc., pre Aug 1996, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Robert L Feigen & Co Inc. 1996

Referenced in 21 publications


Richard Beresford', Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Transformation: Society's gifts of enriching art from Europe help collection turnaround', pg.45-7, Sydney, May 2003, 46 (colour illus.), 47.

P Courthion, L'Amour de l'Art VII, 1926, 37, 38 (illus.).

Raymond Escholier, Delacroix, peintre, graveur, écrivain, Paris, 1926, 155.

L Hourticq, Delacroix, l'oeuvre de maître, 1930, 135 (illus.).

Rene Huyghe, Delacroix, London, 1963, 482, 492 (illus.). plate no. 370

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 37 (colour illus.).

Lee Johnson, The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix: a critical catalogue, Oxford, 1986, 154 (Vol. III, no. 383), 156 (illus. vol. IV).

A Joubin (Editor), Journal de Eugène Delacroix: avant-propos de J.L. Vaudoyer, Paris, 1932, 402.

Courtney Kidd, Viewpoints: visual arts case studies, 'A luscious celebration of self', pg. 50-60, Port Melbourne, 1998, 53 (illus.). 6.3

E. Lambert., BSHAF, 'Une scène de `Roland Furieux' traitée par Delacroix', 1936, 148.

Andre Malraux, Les voix du silence, Paris, 1951, 112 (illus.).

Julius Meier-Graefe, Eugène Delacroix, Munich, 1922, 189 (illus.).

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Rehanging the Old Courts', pg. 9, Heidelberg, Mar 1997, 3, 9.

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Society gift', pg. 20-21, Heidelberg, Dec 1996-Jan 1997, 21 (colour illus.).

Alfred Robaut and Ernest Chesneau, L'Oeuvre complet et Eugène Delacroix: paintures, dessins, gravures, lithographies, Paris, 1885, 309.

G Rouchès, Mélanges de philologie, d'histoire et de littérature offerts à Henri Hauvette, Switzerland, 1934, 602.

Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, 'Close-Ups of the Collection', pg. 6, Heidelberg, Aug 1997, 6 (illus.).

Judith White, art lovers: the story of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1953-2013, Sydney, 2013, pp 115, 254, col illus p 255. 'Chapter 5: Be part of the art 1988-2000' by Judith White, pp 111–38; 'Acquisitions funded by the Art Gallery Society 1953–2013', pp 192–314.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Magzine of Art, Washington D.C., Dec 1944, 282 (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), La Renaissance, Aug 1923, 468 (illus.).

Author Unknown, Der Cicerone, 1912, 240.