Orphan Girl at the Cemetery (1824) by Eugene Delacroix

Orphan Girl at the Cemetery - Eugene Delacroix - 1823 - 1824

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TitleOrphan Girl at the Cemetery
ArtistEugene Delacroix
Date1823 - 1824
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions66 x 54 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Orphan Girl at the Cemetery

The artwork “Orphan Girl at the Cemetery” is a poignant example of Romanticism, completed by the masterful hand of Eugene Delacroix between 1823 and 1824. The piece, an oil on canvas, measures 66 cm by 54 cm and falls under the genre of portrait. It currently resides in the esteemed collection of the Louvre in Paris, France.

The artwork evokes the essence of Romanticism with its powerful emotional content and dramatic portrayal of its subject, a young girl with a striking gaze. Delacroix’s exquisite handling of oil paint captures the subtle interplay of light and shadow on the girl’s visage and attire, imbuing the painting with a haunting atmosphere. The artwork encapsulates a potent sense of contemplation and inner turmoil, as the girl’s eyes are turned upward, suggesting a moment of existential reflection or spiritual searching. The background is muted, allowing the viewer to focus intently on the emotional gravity displayed by the figure. The Romantic movement, known for its emphasis on emotion and individual experience, is perfectly exemplified in this work by Delacroix’s ability to convey deep feeling through the expressive features and the compelling stance of the Orphan Girl.

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