Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (April 26, 1798 – August 13, 1863) was the most important of the French Romantic painters. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped 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, the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

In contrast to the Neoclassical perfectionism of his chief rival Ingres, Delacroix took for his inspiration the art of Rubens and painters of the Venetian Renaissance, with an attendant emphasis on color and movement rather than clarity of outline and carefully modeled form. Dramatic and romantic content characterized the central themes of his maturity, and led him not to the classical models of Greek and Roman art, but to travel in North Africa, in search of the exotic. Friend and spiritual heir to Théodore Géricault, Delacroix was also inspired by Byron, with whom he shared a strong identification with the "forces of the sublime", of nature in often violent action.

However, Delacroix was given neither to sentimentality nor bombast, and his Romanticism was that of an individualist. In the words of Baudelaire, "Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible."
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Liberty Leading the People (28th July 1830) 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (28th July 1830) 1830
The Death of Sardanapalus - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Sardanapalus
Attila the Hun (c.406-453) and his hordes overrunning... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Attila the Hun (c.406-453) and his hordes overrunning...
Arabian Horses Fighting in a Stable - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Arabian Horses Fighting in a Stable
The Death of Sardanapalus 1827 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Sardanapalus 1827
Tiger's hunt - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger's hunt
The Massacre of Chios - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre of Chios
Medea about to Kill her Children 1838 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Medea about to Kill her Children 1838
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople 1840 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople 1840
Tiger attacks a horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger attacks a horse
The Women of Algiers 1834 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Women of Algiers 1834
Self-Portrait c. 1837 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Self-Portrait c. 1837

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