Goetz von Berlichingen Writing His Memoirs

Goethe, Goetz von Berlichingen
Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)
Lithograph; second state of four
Image: 10 7/16 x 7 9/16 in. (26.5 x 19.2 cm)
Sheet: 12 7/8 x 10 1/2 in. (32.7 x 26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, Rogers Fund, and Gift of Theodore De Witt, by exchange, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
The subject of this print is based on a scene in Goethe's play (published in German in 1773; and French in 1823) that tells the story of the life of a German knight (1480-1562) who fought to regain the privileges of free knights, nullified by the emperor Maximilian I in 1495.
This lithograph is the fourth in a series of seven illustrations to Goethe's play Goetz von Berlichingen, executed by Delacroix between 1836 and 1843. For a preparatory drawing, see the work in the Robert Lehman Collection (1975.1.614).
Goetz von Berlichingen écrivant ses mémoires (Act 4, Scene 5)

Henry Walters, by exchange; Donor: Henry Walters, by exchange
Delteil 122.ii; Delteil/Strauber 122.ii
Adolphe Moreau Eugène Delacroix et son oeuvre. Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris, 1873, cat. no. 22.

Alfred-Ernest Robaut L'Oeuvre complet d'Eugène Delacroix: Peintures, Dessins, Gravures, Lithographies. Paris, 1885, cat. no. 643.

Loys Delteil "Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré: Ingres & Delacroix". Vol. III, Paris, 1908, cat. no. 122.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. 122.ii, p. 300.