Eugène Delacroix, 'A Blacksmith'

Eugène Delacroix, 'A Blacksmith'

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
'A Blacksmith'

1833
Aquatint and drypoint (Delteil 19, State II)
Museum no. CAI 348
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

One of Delacroix's most original and powerful prints, is based on a lost oil painting. Delacroix has exploited to the full the possibilities of the aquatint process to render the rich darks of the blacksmith's forge from which the iron appears to glow with heat. This is a particularly fine, early impression before the erasure of Delacroix's marginal technical trials.