Theatrical Troupe on the Road

Eugène Delacroix French

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Among the earliest drawings Delacroix made in preparation for works that entered the public sphere are satirical cartoons. Here, he assembles a motley crew of players to criticize the prevailing academic classicism of the theater. The wagon is stuffed with scenery, including a classical column and a board painted with a Greco-Roman god. A Pierrot type leads the group but looks back toward an actor dressed as a Roman soldier rather foolishly riding one of the carthorses. Delacroix’s use of watercolor indicates that he anticipated the lithograph based on this drawing would be hand-tinted, as was common practice with the immensely popular English caricatures he so admired.

Theatrical Troupe on the Road, Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Pen and brown ink, watercolor, over graphite

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