Lions in a Mountainous Landscape

Théodore Gericault French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 801

This vigorous painting of six lions in a remote, spectrally illuminated lair—possibly intended to evoke the Atlas Mountains of Morocco—is an extraordinary example of Gericault’s spontaneous handling of paint. Rather than applying finishing touches to make a polished cabinet picture, the artist left the painting in a state known as an esquisse, or sketch, a work prized by fellow artists for its strength of directly capturing a subject or effect. Until its acquisition by the Museum, the composition was known only by means of a replica (Musée du Louvre, Paris), which is thought to have been painted by an artist in Gericault’s circle.

#6011. Lions in a Mountainous Landscape

Lions in a Mountainous Landscape, Théodore Gericault (French, Rouen 1791–1824 Paris), Oil on wood

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