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An Arab Saddling his Horse Eugène Delacroix


Eugène Delacroix Charenton-Saint-Maurice, 1798 – Paris, 1863

Date 1857
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

50 x 61.5 cm

Inventory number 385.B
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view Hungarian National Gallery Building D, First Floor, From Delacroix to Vasarely – Highlights from the Collection of International Art after 1800, Baroque Hall

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 Saddling his Horse (1857) is dominated by bright and powerful tones. The artist painted the dynamic everyday scene and the man’s magnificent attire with both accuracy and vibrancy. Delacroix was equally perceptive in his observations of the animal world, as exemplified by his brilliant rendering of the agitated horse, as it instinctively turns towards the white dog that is making it angry.

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