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Lion de l'Atlas

Eugène Delacroix

European Art

Eugène Delacroix valued the dramatic tonal range of lithographs, and the way that the medium could directly capture the spontaneous energy of his drawn lines. One of the most celebrated lithographs of its era, Lion of the Atlas Mountains embodies the artist’s fascination with predatory felines, Romantic symbols of untamed nature’s savagery and passion.

Delacroix never saw such animals in the wild. He based his image on studies of living and dissected lions in the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, which he visited regularly with his friend the artist Antoine-Louis Barye (see nearby work).
MEDIUM Lithograph on wove paper
DATES 1829
DIMENSIONS Image: 12 15/16 x 18 1/16 in. (32.8 x 45.8 cm)
COLLECTIONS European Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 25.136
STATE III/IV
CREDIT LINE Gift of Frank L. Babbott
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