Eugène DELACROIX (French, 1798-1863)
"Tigre en arrêt", 1854
Cliché-verre (first state) salt print
15.7 x 19.2 cm tipped onto 31.1 x 31.0 cm paper
Titled with "1st essai mars 1854 phot. par Cuvelier" in pencil on mount
Known as the master of French Romanticism for his energetic paintings, Eugène Delacroix worked against the staid, disciplined Neoclassical style and embraced a more modern aesthetic in his works. A consummate draftsman, he spent hours observing, studying, and drawing big cats at the Jardin des Plantes, and stuffed, posed specimens in the zoology galleries of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris.
In works in various media, Delacroix’s lions and tigers are resting or playful, but more often alert and predatory—nature as an actively destructive force, remote from man and indifferent to questions of value.
I am doubly indebted to you, for introducing me to the photographic etching process and for bringing about my acquaintance with M. Cuvelier. The kindness with which he supervised my very imperfect attempt made me very happy..."
Eugène Delacroix to the painter Constant Dutilleux (1807-1865), 7 March 1854