An image of Angelica and the wounded Medoro

Eugène Delacroix

(France 26 Apr 1798 – 13 Aug 1863)

Angelica and the wounded Medoro

19th & 20th c European art
Further information

Representing a romantic prelude to certain aspects of impressionist technique, this composition from the inestimable Delacroix has a special place in the collection. It links the formidable tradition of history painting to the subtler project of modernity. Here is an object less for instruction than delectation. Almost athletic in handling, the paint is applied in speedy flourishes typical of Delacroix's late manner. Though the works of his youth and maturity were frequently large in scale, he produced smaller easel paintings and sketches throughout his career. 'Angelica and the wounded Medoro' is a literary subject he tackled more than once, though rarely with the freedom and spontaneity of this version. Like Picasso, Delacroix was a ceaseless re-inventor of his own forms, which reflected his inner state at any given time.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

circa 1860
oil on canvas
81.0 x 65.1 cm stretcher; 105.5 x 88.5 x 11.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased with assistance from the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1996
Accession number
M Carvalho, post 17 Feb 1864, Paris/France, Acquired from the estate of the artist, sale Hotel Drouot, Paris, 17 February 1864, lot no.123
Charles Daubigny, 1873, France
Jean Dollfus, pre 02 Mar 1912, Paris/France, sold Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Dollfus sale, 1-2 March 1912, lot no. 28
Hessel, post 02 Mar 1912, Probably the dealer Joseph Hessel, Paris
Alfred Savoir, post 02 Mar 1912, dates unknown, after Hessel and before Emil Staub
Emil Staub, 1921-1930, Männendorf/Switzerland, In the collection of Mr Emil Staub 1921. The painting passed by descent to his wife in 1930 who held it until 1939 where it then passed by descent to Mrs Staub-Terlinden.
Mrs Emil Staub, 1930-1939, Männendorf/Switzerland
Mrs Staub-Terlinden, 1939-circa 1945, Männendorf/Switzerland, by descent from Mrs Emil Staub
Mrs Madison H Lewis, 1962, New York/United States of America
Mrs W. Leicester van Leer, 1981, New York/United States of America
Richard L Feigen & Co Inc., pre Aug 1996, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Robert L Feigen & Co Inc. 1996