Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus by Eugene Delacroix

Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus - Eugene Delacroix - 1827

Artwork Information

TitleSketch for The Death of Sardanapalus
ArtistEugene Delacroix
MediumPastel over graphite, red and white chalk and black Crayon on unbleached paper
Dimensions44 x 58 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Departement des Arts graphiques, Paris

About Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus

The artwork, “Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus,” was crafted by the eminent artist Eugene Delacroix in the year 1827. This piece, a preliminary study for a larger painting, is created using pastel over graphite, supplemented with red and white chalk, as well as black Crayon on unbleached paper. Delacroix, an influential figure in the Romantic movement, imbued this piece with the emotional intensity characteristic of the era. The dimensions of this artwork measure 44 cm in height and 58 cm in width. It currently resides within the prestigious confines of the Musée du Louvre’s Department of Graphic Arts in Paris. This sketch and study genre piece serves as a testament to Delacroix’s preparatory processes and thematic explorations prevalent in his more comprehensive works.

The artwork is animated with a sense of immediacy and visceral emotion, presenting figures that are sketched with energetic strokes, suggesting movement and turmoil. The central figure appears to be dynamic and almost sculptural in his delineation, accentuated by dark shadows and robust form. Other figures are portrayed in various states of repose, their bodies contorted or relaxed, contributing to a narrative that is both tragic and dramatic. The use of light contrasts with the bold delineation of subjects, highlighting the evocative nature of the work. Delacroix’s application of color and his skilled use of line work create a potent visual rhythm, capturing a moment that encapsulates the essence of Romanticism’s fascination with the grandeur of human experience and the depth of emotion.

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