Exotic, wild and dangerous – Delacroix presented this scene of galloping horsemen as a stereotypical image of the Orient. The painting was executed a year after his trip to Morocco. Dynamic movement dominates the depiction. The drama is created as much by the loose brushwork as by the contrast between the tumultuously galloping steeds and the Bedouin in the foreground, who is calmly watching the goings-on. With his painting style, Delacroix took a stand against the classical academic tradition, according to which art was to be characterised by clarity of line.