Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) is remembered as a painter at the forefront of the Romantic movement. As a printmaker too, he was recognized for certain particular achievements. For one, he was one of the first to use the relatively new invention of lithography as a fine arts medium. He is today remembered mostly for two series of lithographs. On the one hand, an illustration of the hugely popular Faust by Goethe, became successful right away; on the other hand a series of Hamlet illustrations struggled far more in gaining recognition. Secondly, Delacroix etched a number of plates showing wildlife and life in general in North Africa. These exotic subject matters also gained notoriety quickly. Some loose plates, such as his Cheval Sauvage, a lithograph, or his Forgeron, an aquatint and etching, were also instant successes.

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