Lioness Clawing an Arab’s Chest, 1849
Paris Lioness Clawing an Arab’s Chest.
Soft-ground etching and roulette. 1849.
Delteil 25 I (of III), before letters. 213 x 280 mm (plate).
Lioness is Eugène Delacroix’ last print and his only soft-ground etching. The artist used this technique to produce the illusion of a soft chalk or crayon drawing. The smooth aspect of the soft-ground etching is especially well visible in the rare first state, making it by far the most desirable. Delacroix’s Romantic fascination with the Oriental and the savagery of nature comes to the forefront in this delicate etching in which a turbaned Arab becomes a lioness’s prey.
Signed in plate, left below middle: "Eug. Delacroix 1849"
A fine early impression with complete visible plate mark. Rare.
Un Forgeron/A Blacksmith, 1833
Aquatint, drypoint, between third and fourth states of six, 1833.
Lettered in plate, upper right, ED
Delteil 19.iii-iv (state with initials 'E.D.' but without other letters); Delteil/Strauber 19.iii-iv (state with initials 'E.D.' but without other letters) Dimensions: 6 5/16 x 3 7/8 inches, 160 x 98 mm, on full sheet
The brilliant use of aquatint is demonstrated by showing dramatic gradations of tone, from the black beard to the white hot piece of iron, achieved by leaving a section of the plate un-inked.
Provenance. Henri M. Petiet, with his monogram stamp on verso (not in Lugt). Note: This print is based on a lost painting from c 1825