Crouching Tiger

Eugène Delacroix French

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One of Delacroix’s favorite activities was to sketch the lions and tigers in the menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. This exquisite ink drawing combines the knowledge gained from that exercise with his observations of domestic cats to portray the arched stance of a tiger about to pounce. In addition to the pen, Delacroix employed a brush to convey bolder lines such as the rounded back, crease of the hind leg, and distinctive broad stripes of the animal’s coat. The swirling S-curve of the tail winding around the creature’s leg adds to the coiling potential of the pose.

Crouching Tiger, Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Pen and brush and iron gall ink

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