Eugène Delacroix
(Charenton-Saint-Maurice, 1798-1863, Paris)
Daniel in the Lions' Den, 1853
Oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm
Signed & dated lower left: Eug. Delacroix 1853
Johnson S5
Lee Johnson, the author of the catalogue raisonné of Delacroix's work, considers the "Daniel in the LLion's Den" of the Bührle Collection to be a second version of that motif, painted largely by Pierre Andrieu, a close collaborator of Delacroix particularly in the context of the mural paintings. The first version, dated 1849, was acquired by Alfred Bruyas who assembled a major art collection in his native Montpellier in the mid-19th century. It is still kept in the Musée Favre at Montpellier and conveys, with the addition of viewers who glaze at the scene through an opening in the cave, a more anecdotal atmosphere thant the Bührle picture.