Special Installation: Delacroix and the Horse
June 24, 2006 - September 17, 2006
The Clark recently acquired a lively oil painting by the great French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863). Two Horses Fighting in a Stormy Landscape was painted in the late 1820s at the time Delcroix was gaining fame as one the most brilliant and audacious painters of his generation. For Delacroix and his contemporaries wild horses represented force and instinct as opposed to civilization and rationality. The excitement of the scene is perfectly expressed in Delacroix's virtuosic handling of the brush and the rich colors. This new acquisition will be displayed alongside a selection of drawings and prints of horses by Delacroix, Degas, and other nineteenth-century French artists.