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Angelica and the wounded Medoro

circa 1860


Eugène Delacroix


26 Apr 1798 – 13 Aug 1863

  • Details

    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 funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1996
    Grand Courts
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Eugène Delacroix

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 15 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 21 publications

  • Provenance

    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

Other works by Eugène Delacroix

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