Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix

Marina does fabulous retrospectives on artists throughout history. Here is her piece on Eugène Delacroix. Thank you, Marina!

Royal Tiger
Watercolor and graphite • Drawing • 26,8 × 17,8 cm • c1830


Marina Kanavaki

Self-portrait • 1837

One of the last old Masters of painting,

French Romantic

Eugène Delacroix

was born on 26 April 1798,

at Charenton-Saint-Maurice

in Île-de-France.

He was regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school.
His use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour influenced the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. A fine lithographer, Delacroix illustrated various works of William Shakespeare, Walter Scott and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

In the words of Baudelaire:

“Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.”

Together with Ingres [his chief rival], Delacroix is considered one of the last old Masters of painting, and one of the few who was ever photographed.

His legacy: 9140 works, including 853 paintings, 1525 pastels and water colours, 6629…

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