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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798–1863

Faust dans son cabinet (Faust in His Study), from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust

1827, published 1828

Lithograph

stone: 31.6 × 26.5 cm (12 7/16 × 10 7/16 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.54.3
Eugène Delacroix’s first literary illustrations were his seventeen images for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, made in the still relatively new medium of lithography. He was initially inspired by a theatrical production he saw in London in 1825 of the story of Dr. Faustus, a medieval German legend of a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for worldly pleasure and knowledge. The first image of the series, Mephistopheles in the Skies, makes evident Delacroix’s admiration for Goya’s Caprichos, published in 1799: compare this image with Goya’s etching Alla va eso from the Caprichos series, near the beginning of the exhibition. Goya himself was in France by the 1820s and also working in lithography, producing his masterpieces the Bulls of Bordeaux; Goya died the year Delacroix’s Faust was published.
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 68, fig. 1.

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