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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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Encampment in Morocco, between Tangiers and Meknes - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Encampment in Morocco, between Tangiers and Meknes
The death of Sardanapale (study) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The death of Sardanapale (study)
Jakob's fight with the angel (detail3) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jakob's fight with the angel (detail3)
The Christ Child Standing, After Raphael's Virgin And... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Christ Child Standing, After Raphael's Virgin And...
Ovid among the Scythians 1859 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Ovid among the Scythians 1859
Arab Fantasia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Arab Fantasia
Mural for Saint-Sulpice in Paris, Chapel of the Holy... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mural for Saint-Sulpice in Paris, Chapel of the Holy...
Hamlet and Horatio in the Cemetery 1859 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Cemetery 1859
Hesiod and the muse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hesiod and the muse
A view of a farmhouse near Dieppe - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A view of a farmhouse near Dieppe
Studies of cats, other felines and two female nudes... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Studies of cats, other felines and two female nudes...
Study of helmet - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study of helmet
Hamlet and His Mother - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and His Mother
Flowers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Flowers
Une Jeune Fille Marocaine - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Une Jeune Fille Marocaine
Cheval sauvage terrasse par un Tigre - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cheval sauvage terrasse par un Tigre
Attila rode over Italy and the arts, detail Attila... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Attila rode over Italy and the arts, detail Attila...
Justice (detail from the decoration of the west wall) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Justice (detail from the decoration of the west wall)
The Death of Charles the Bold - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Charles the Bold
A rest at the watering hole - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A rest at the watering hole
A wooded river landscape - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A wooded river landscape
The Death of Ophelia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Ophelia
The Riding Lesson - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Riding Lesson
Madame Henri Francois Riesener - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Madame Henri Francois Riesener
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