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Jeune tigre jouant avec sa mère (Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother). 1831.

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix

* 1798 in Charenton-Saint-Maurice † 1863 in Paris

Lithograph. Size of sheet: 22.8 x 29.6 cm.

Literature: Delteil 91.I/VI;

                 Delteil/Strauber 91.I/VI.

Very good impression of the first state of six, printed on the full sheet, with the stitching marks still visible on the top of the sheet. In fresh condition.

As a first state and untrimmed very rare. 

The lithograph is based in reverse on the painting in the Louvre (Inv. R.F.1943).

A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother, Delacroix's largest animal portrait to date, was shown at an exhibition in the Palais du Luxembourg for the benefit of citizens wounded in the July Revolution. He painted the work in 1830-31 and due to the success and impact he wanted to achieve, he produced his own lithograph after the image. It was published in L’Artiste, Vol I. 1831 24th livraison followed by six editions. Delacroix seems to have used a preparatory or intermediate drawing to create this image on the stone. The drawing was in the collection of his former colleague Leon Riesner, who noted on the back of the sheet, that indeed the drawing was after the painting before Delacroix sold it. (Louvre RF 3380)



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