The Lion Hunt
  • TitleThe Lion Hunt
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 57 x 74 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 81 x 100 x 12 cm
  • DatingSigned 1855
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Eugène Delacroix, French, born 1798, dead 1863
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 6350
  • AcquisitionGift 1970 Grace and Philip Sandblom
  • Collection I päls och fjäder
  • Description
    Images and media

    In a composition full of colour and movement, the artist portrays the moment before the kill. Delacroix said that he wanted to create a “feast for the eye”, while also conveying man’s complex relationship to nature. During an extended stay in North Africa, Delacroix gained a good understanding of life there. The formal idiom of The Lion Hunt reflects Western conceptions of the region and can be traced to Leonardo da Vinci’s Battle of Anghiari.