Eugène Delacroix - Tiger Hunt 1854

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Tiger Hunt 1854

Tiger Hunt 1854
92x73cm oil/canvas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Musée d'Orsay, Paris:
This Tiger Hunt is in many ways similar to the sketch for another painting kept at the Musée d'Orsay: Lion Hunt. The two paintings were produced during the same period, and the first might appear to be a more accomplished version of the second.
The representation of movement and violence is reinforced here by the bright, intense lighting directed on to a few details selected for their significance, in particular the tiger and the fabrics of the clothes animated by the rapid gestures of the men who are attacking the wild beast. The determination of the horse rider, the terror of the horse, and the aggressiveness of the wild cat, bring the cruel game of hunting to fever pitch.