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Wild Horse (Cheval sauvage) [Frightened Horse Emerging from the Water (Cheval effrayé sortant de l’eau)]

Considered one of the early masters of the lithographic medium, Delacroix was inspired by Francisco Goya’s series The Bulls of Bordeaux, which he had seen at the age of twenty-five. Shortly thereafter he accompanied his friend Richard Parkes Bonnington to England, where he filled sketchbooks with studies of antiquities and animals. This print showcases not only his keen understanding of animal anatomy, but also the dramatic properties of the lithographic crayon and scraper. With a limited palette, Delacroix successfully captures the strength, fear, and energy of the rearing horse.

Eugéne Delacroix
French, 1798–1863
Wild Horse (Cheval sauvage) [Frightened Horse Emerging from the Water (Cheval effrayé sortant de l’eau)], Plate from Bertauts’ L’Artiste, Paris
1828 (published 1865)
Lithograph on chine collé
Image: 9 5/8 x 9 ½ in. (24.4 x 24.1 cm); sheet: 12 9/16 x 10 9/16 in. (31.9 x 26.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.8