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Hamlet Tries to Follow His Father’s Ghost (Hamlet Veut Suivre L’Ombre de Son Pere), from the Hamlet series

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Hamlet Tries to Follow His Father's Ghost

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Hamlet Tries to Follow His Father’s Ghost (Hamlet Veut Suivre L’Ombre de Son Pere), from the Hamlet series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863

Date

1835, printed 1843–1864

Medium

Black and white lithograph on wove paper

Accession #

73.38

Dimensions

10 1/8 × 8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

In this moonlit scene set against a forbidding mountainous landscape, Hamlet struggles to break free of his friends Horatio and Marcellus in order to follow his murdered father’s ghost. His dynamic, surging pose demonstrates the drive behind his quest for justice.

Credit

Purchase in honor of Mrs. Robert Wells, President 1972-1973 of the Members Guild

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