Lion Hunt (1854) by Eugene Delacroix

Lion Hunt - Eugene Delacroix - c.1860

Artwork Information

TitleLion Hunt
ArtistEugene Delacroix
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions69.5 x 102.5 cm
Art MovementOrientalism
Current LocationMusee d'Orsay, Paris

About Lion Hunt

The artwork entitled “Lion Hunt” is a creation of the renowned artist Eugene Delacroix, executed circa 1860. This oil on canvas piece resides within the art movement known as Orientalism, with dimensions measuring approximately 69.5 by 102.5 centimeters. Classified as a genre painting, this dynamic work is part of the collection at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

In “Lion Hunt,” Delacroix presents a chaotic and fervent scene, illustrating the intensity and danger inherent in such a confrontation. The composition is animated, with a notable influence of Romanticism, capturing a maelstrom of movement and energy. The artwork features a group of figures engaged in the perilous act of hunting lions. The drama unfolds with a palpable sense of urgency and terror. Muscular lions are depicted in the midst of a ferocious struggle with the hunters, who are variously armed and positioned, some on camelback, suggesting a North African or Middle Eastern setting. Delacroix’s use of vigorous brushstrokes and a warm color palette enhances the sense of violent motion and the harrowing nature of the hunt. The painting encapsulates the Romantic fascination with the exotic and the sublime, showcasing Delacroix’s masterful handling of action, color, and light.

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