Museum Folkwang
Le lion et le serpent
  • Eugène Delacroix
  • Le lion et le serpent, 1856

  • The Lion and the Snake
  • Oil on canvas
  • 51,2 x 61 cm
  • Acquired in 1971 with support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 384
  • CommentaryDelacroix depicted the theme ›lion and snake‹ a number of times at the beginning of the 1850s. The small format paintings are often works showing a conflict between the two animals. Delacroix varied the movements and pose of their bodies, thus finding for the various forms of aggression and violence a corresponding expression in the bodies of the animals and in the state of the struggle. The lion grips the snake with its two paws and presses it down with its entire weight. The effort required to overcome the reptile, in spite of its physical superiority, because the snake’s winding body is difficult to capture, is visible in the lion’s tension and its open mouth. Moreover, the lion is pressing with its hind legs in order to apply its entire strength. For this depiction, Delacroix was able to draw on numerous individual studies of live animals which he had sketched in the ›Jardin des Plantes‹ in Paris.
  • Provenance1858, Slg. [Weyl] Weill, Paris
    1864, M. de la Rosière, Paris
    Slg. Albert Wolff, Brussels
    1877, M.W. de Bruxelles
    1885, Duc de Narbonne und Georges Petit
    1902, Boussod und Valadon, Dieulafoy
    1928, Alexandre Rosenberg, Paris/New York
    1941, Galerie Knoedler, Paris
    1962, Alfred Dabler (Dobler?, Schweiz)
    Galerie Dr. Fritz und Dr. Peter Nathan, Zürich
    seit 1971, von der Galerie Nathan, Zürich, erworben, mit Unterstützung des Landes NRW und der Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldhausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung, Museum Folkwang, Essen
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Le lion et le serpent
  • Obj_Title2_S: The Lion and the Snake
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  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Le lion et le serpent The Lion and the Snake Le lion et le serpent Löwe und Schlange
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1856
  • Jahr von: 1,856
  • Jahr bis: 1,856
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 384
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0384
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 51,2 x 61 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1971 with support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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1858, Slg. [Weyl] Weill, Paris
1864, M. de la Rosière, Paris
Slg. Albert Wolff, Brussels
1877, M.W. de Bruxelles
1885, Duc de Narbonne und Georges Petit
1902, Boussod und Valadon, Dieulafoy
1928, Alexandre Rosenberg, Paris/New York
1941, Galerie Knoedler, Paris
1962, Alfred Dabler (Dobler?, Schweiz)
Galerie Dr. Fritz und Dr. Peter Nathan, Zürich
seit 1971, von der Galerie Nathan, Zürich, erworben, mit Unterstützung des Landes NRW und der Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldhausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung, Museum Folkwang, Essen