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Italian Theater

Artist:
Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)
Printer:
Printed by Charles Motte (French, 1785–1836)
Date:
1821
Medium:
Lithograph on wove paper; only state
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/16 x 7 5/16 in. (25.6 x 18.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Karen B. Cohen Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.198
Not on view
Like many young painters at work in Paris in the 1820s and 1830s, Delacroix tried out the relatively new printmaking process of lithography by making caricatures for the popular press. Such prints were usually created by drawing with a lithographic crayon directly on a block of limestone. However, in this instance, Delacroix's design was retraced and transferred from paper to stone by means of red chalk applied to the back of the drawing sheet.
Reversed in the process of printing, the caricature pays homage to the composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), shown balancing leading characters from his operas Otello, Rosina, and Barber of Seville over his head.
Théâtre Italien

Inscription: Lettered in plate lower center: 'Théatre Italien'
Lettered in plate lower right: 'Litho. de C. Motte, R. des marais.'/ 'Miroir (Journal)'
Vendor: Eric G. Carlson
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2004–January 23, 2005.

Delteil 33; Delteil/Strauber 33
Loys Delteil "Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré: Ingres & Delacroix". Vol. III, Paris, 1908, cat. no. 33, np.

Loys Delteil, Susan Elizabeth Strauber Delacroix: The Graphic Work : A Catalogue Raisonné. San Francisco, 1997.

Barthélémy Jobert Delacroix, le trait romanique. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1998.



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