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Studies of Twelve Greek and Roman Coins

Artist:
Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)
Date:
1825
Medium:
Lithograph; second state of four
Dimensions:
Image: 9 5/16 in. × 12 in. (23.6 × 30.5 cm)
Sheet: 11 5/8 × 15 7/16 in. (29.6 × 39.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.77.24
Not on view
Delacroix developed his style of modeling by studying Greek and Roman coins in the collections of his friends Louis Auguste Schwiter and P. L. J. Casimir, duc de Blacas. His "système des oeufs" or "egg system," as his assistant, De Planet, called it, involved constructing with ovoid shapes to emphasize mass rather than line.
Feuille de douze médailles antiques

Signature: Signed and dated in stone: 'E. Delacroix 1825'

Inscription: Lettered in stone bottom right : 'Lith. de C Engelmann'

Marking: Collector's mark stamped bottom left: A. Moreau (Lugt 1900)
Delteil 47.ii; Delteil/Strauber 47.ii
Loys Delteil "Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré: Ingres & Delacroix". Vol. III, Paris, 1908, cat. no. 47.ii, np.

Jacob Bean, Lee Johnson, William M. Griswold Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991.

Loys Delteil, Susan Elizabeth Strauber Delacroix: The Graphic Work : A Catalogue Raisonné. San Francisco, 1997, cat. no. 47.ii, p. 120.

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