Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus Female Nude, killed from behind (c. 1827) by Eugene Delacroix

Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus Female Nude, killed from behind - Eugene Delacroix - c.1827

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TitleSketch for The Death of Sardanapalus Female Nude, killed from behind
ArtistEugene Delacroix
Datec.1827
Mediumpastel
Dimensions41 x 28 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France
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About Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus Female Nude, killed from behind

The artwork titled “Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus Female Nude, killed from behind” is a pastel drawing by Eugene Delacroix, created around 1827, embodying the Romanticism art movement. Measuring 41 by 28 centimeters, it depicts the genre of nude painting and is part of the collection housed at the Louvre in Paris, France.

The artwork captures the dynamism and emotional intensity characteristic of Delacroix’s Romantic sensibility. It presents a female figure in a state of death, portrayed in a dramatic twist that accentuates the motion of her fall. Her body is rendered with soft, sensuous lines that emphasize her vulnerability in this moment of finality. The application of pastel allows for a blend of colors that imbue the artwork with a sense of immediacy and rawness. Subtle gradations of tone suggest both the suppleness of flesh and the harsh reality of her demise.

The piece reflects the Romantic fascination with the exotic and tragic, invoking themes of mortality and the ephemerality of beauty. Despite the grim subject matter, Delacroix’s handling of the medium reveals a lyrical quality, with the interplay of light and shadow enhancing the three-dimensional effect of the forms.

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