A Blacksmith from Œuvres Uniques à l'eau-forte D'Eugène Delacroix


Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)


printed 1833; published 1865


Etching and aquatint on laid paper, including a cover printed on blue paper


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Purchase with General Acquisitions Fund, funds from the Lawrence and Alfred Fox Foundation for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection, and Friends of European Art and through prior acquisition from Lessing Rosenwald

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One of the leading French Romantic painters, Eugène Delacroix played a key role in the etching revival in France in the mid-nineteenth century and was a prominent member of the Société des Aquafortistes, or Society of Etchers. The striking tonal contrasts of A Blacksmith were achieved by combining two methods of printmaking: aquatint and drypoint. Delacroix included charming drypoint sketches of a male nude and a bird in the outer margins of the print, in addition to including tests of the aquatint technique.