Study of a Horse

Study of a Horse

c. 1820-30

Eugène Delacroix

(French, 1798-1863)

Ink on paper

Sheet: 6 x 8 cm (2 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.128

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Did you know?

Although Eugène Delacroix created a realistic representation of a horse in this drawing, the animals sometimes served as symbols for the conflict between man and nature in his work.

Description

Eugène Delacroix repeatedly depicted horses throughout his career, visiting stables to observe the animals at rest and in motion. This sheet is likely one such example made from life. Delacroix loosely sketched the horse's form, concentrating on the tension of its front legs and leaving the rest of its body loosely rendered. Through such exercises, the artist hoped to eventually master this subject.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Ink on paper

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