The Agony in the Garden

Eugène Delacroix French

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Delacroix’s first official religious commission was a painting for the church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis in Paris. This study establishes the basic composition: Christ props himself up against a rock, bows his head, and raises his hand to acknowledge acceptance of his fate, announced by the mourning angels in the upper right. Delacroix’s use of wash, with its emphasis on tone, establishes the symbolic importance of light in the picture; it radiates from the angels and Christ himself amid the darkness of the garden.

The Agony in the Garden, Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Brush and brown wash over graphite

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