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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Study for The Death of Sardanapalus - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study for The Death of Sardanapalus
Justice (detail 2) 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Justice (detail 2) 1833-37
Une Jeune Fille Marocaine - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Une Jeune Fille Marocaine
Etude pour la frise de 'Agriculture' pour le Salon... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Etude pour la frise de 'Agriculture' pour le Salon...
The Maroccan and its horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Maroccan and its horse
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
The Death of Charles the Bold - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Charles the Bold
Painting in the dome of the poetry - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Painting in the dome of the poetry
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
Young Arab in his Room - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Young Arab in his Room
Milton dictates the Paradise to its daughters draws - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Milton dictates the Paradise to its daughters draws
Driving Heliodors out from the temple - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Driving Heliodors out from the temple
The Coast of Africa Seen from the Strait of Gibraltar - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Coast of Africa Seen from the Strait of Gibraltar
Jacob fights with a man of the sky - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jacob fights with a man of the sky
Head of a Lion - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Head of a Lion
Arab Fantasia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Arab Fantasia
Cheval sauvage terrasse par un Tigre - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cheval sauvage terrasse par un Tigre
The Christ Child Standing, After Raphael's Virgin And... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Christ Child Standing, After Raphael's Virgin And...
Babylonian shank - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Babylonian shank
Seated Turk Smoking - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Seated Turk Smoking
Femmes A La Fontaine - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Femmes A La Fontaine
Moroccan Fantasy - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Fantasy
Portrait of Frederic Villot - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Frederic Villot
Susan at the bath - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Susan at the bath

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