standing blacksmith with short, dark hair and beard, with his shirt open, holding a white-hot metal bar with a pliers on top of an anvil; silhouette of another figure in front of fire at left; shadows at edges

A Blacksmith, 1833

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Eugène Delacroix, the leader of the French Romantic school of painters, was also active as a printmaker. Blacksmiths were a recurrent theme for Romantic artists. They showed man as a modern-day Vulcan, harnessing the elements of fire and earth for god-like creation. Focusing tightly on the heroic individual, Delacroix emphasized the blacksmith’s powerful physique. Light emanating from the white-hot iron illuminates the man’s shirt and sets his skin aglow. This is a superb example of one of the most desirable prints by Delacroix. It is an important addition to Mia's collection because of its rarity, quality, and pristine condition.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
A Blacksmith
Artist Life
1798–1863
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.69
Provenance
Unidentified sale, probably in Paris, May 30-31, 1927. Sale, Skinner, Boston, September 24, 2010, lot 61; ([ames A. Bergquist, Boston, '2010-2013; sold to MIA, 2013]
Catalogue Raisonne
Delteil 19 i/vi; Robaut 459; Moreau 21
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standing blacksmith with short, dark hair and beard, with his shirt open, holding a white-hot metal bar with a pliers on top of an anvil; silhouette of another figure in front of fire at left; shadows at edges