Fantasia arabe, Eugène Delacroix
Eugène Delacroix
Fantasia arabe
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Eugène Delacroix

Fantasia arabe, 1833


Dimensions
60.5 x 74.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1466
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

In the first half of 1832, Delacroix travelled to Morocco and Algeria. He recorded his impressions in numerous drawings and watercolours during these travels. After his return, they found their way into his paintings. The “Fantasia arabe” depicted here is a game of horsemanship: in a kind of mock battle, a group of riders dashes forward, trying to be as united as possible, and fires a rifle volley shortly before making the horses turn. Delacroix captured this moment between the group’s rapid gallop and sudden turnround in his typical loose and animated painting style. This makes them stand out from both the observer in the foreground and the landscape.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Fantasia arabe
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Eug. Delacroix 1833.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman
  • 46C13112 carrousel
  • 43C1142 hunters hunting
  • 31A2351 sitting on the ground
  • 61D(ARABIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ARABIA) (ARABIA)
Secondary
  • 25K17 steppes, open fields

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29.07.2022