A Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother (1831) by Eugene Delacroix

A Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother - Eugene Delacroix - 1831

Artwork Information

TitleA Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother
ArtistEugene Delacroix
Art MovementRomanticism

About A Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother

The artwork “A Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother” was painted by Eugene Delacroix in 1831. As an art piece from the Romanticism movement, this wildlife painting encapsulates the era’s emphasis on emotion, the sublime, and nature.

The painting portrays a vibrant and intimate scene of a young tiger nuzzling its mother. The mother tiger is sprawled comfortably on the ground with her body oriented towards the viewer, while her head is turned to look over her shoulder. The young tiger appears nestled against her, seeking comfort or play. Both animals display rich, orange-brown fur adorned with black stripes, a detail that Delacroix meticulously brought to life with his brushwork.

The setting appears to be a natural habitat with a rocky outcrop and sparse greenery, although it is not the focus; the tigers command our attention. Above the wildlife pair, the sky is overcast—clouds painted with dynamic strokes suggest an unsettled weather, which perhaps coincides with the untamed and free essence of the subjects. Delacroix’s use of light and shadow, particularly on the mother tiger’s face and body, highlights the musculature and the physicality of these majestic creatures, infusing the scene with a sense of life and energy. The overall composition captures a moment of quietude between animal and offspring, alluding to nature’s nuanced narratives that Romantic artists often sought to express.

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