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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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Jacob fights with a man of the sky - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jacob fights with a man of the sky
Faust dans son cabinet - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust dans son cabinet
Babylonian shank - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Babylonian shank
Jakob's fight with the angel - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jakob's fight with the angel
The Entombment Of Christ 1848 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Entombment Of Christ 1848
Conversation mauresque - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Conversation mauresque
Crucifixion 1846 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Crucifixion 1846
Portrait of Frederic Villot - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Frederic Villot
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Moroccan Fantasy - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Fantasy
Susan at the bath - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Susan at the bath
Faust and Mephistopheles 1826 27 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust and Mephistopheles 1826 27
Women of Algier (study) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Women of Algier (study)
A severed Hand and two corchs of a Leg - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A severed Hand and two corchs of a Leg
A sheet of studies of the heads of cats, architectural... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A sheet of studies of the heads of cats, architectural...
Moroccan horsemen in military action 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan horsemen in military action 1832
Milton dictates the Paradise to its daughters draws - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Milton dictates the Paradise to its daughters draws
Niche area in the palace of the Sultans of Meknes - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Niche area in the palace of the Sultans of Meknes
Mehmet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mehmet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Jaguar Attacking a Horseman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jaguar Attacking a Horseman
Head of a Lion - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Head of a Lion
Portrait of Paganinis - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Paganinis
Encampment in Morocco, between Tangiers and Meknes - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Encampment in Morocco, between Tangiers and Meknes
Moroccan inner court - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan inner court
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