Museum of Modern Art Garden in Winter
Department of Art after 1800
Eugène Delacroix’s passionate compositions, his intensely sensuous handling of colour and his masterful brushwork made him one of the leading exponents of French romanticism. Both of his works in the Budapest collection date from the final period of his career, but their orientalist subject matter was derived from memories of his youth: in 1832 he spent several months travelling in Morocco, which served as a source of inspiration for many decades.
The painting entitled An Arab Camp at Night, completed in April 1863, was one of Delacroix’s last works. In the darkness of the desert, the men have gathered around a campfire. The composition is built around dramatic effects of light and shade, together with the contrast between the blazing heat of the flames and the delicate moonlight filtering through the clouds.
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