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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Femmes A La Fontaine - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Femmes A La Fontaine
Arab Fantasia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Arab Fantasia
Jakob's fight with the angel - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jakob's fight with the angel
Jaguar Attacking a Horseman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jaguar Attacking a Horseman
Ovid among the Scythians 1859 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Ovid among the Scythians 1859
Women of Algier (study) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Women of Algier (study)
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
The death of Sardanapale (study) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The death of Sardanapale (study)
Une Jeune Fille Marocaine - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Une Jeune Fille Marocaine
A view of a farmhouse near Dieppe - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A view of a farmhouse near Dieppe
Cheval sauvage terrasse par un Tigre - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cheval sauvage terrasse par un Tigre
Hamlet and His Mother - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and His Mother
Jakob's fight with the angel (detail3) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jakob's fight with the angel (detail3)
Studies of cats, other felines and two female nudes... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Studies of cats, other felines and two female nudes...
The Death of Ophelia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Ophelia
Flowers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Flowers
Orpheus and Eurydice Spring from a series of the Four... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Orpheus and Eurydice Spring from a series of the Four...
A rest at the watering hole - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A rest at the watering hole
The Riding Lesson - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Riding Lesson
Hesiod and the muse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hesiod and the muse
A wooded river landscape - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A wooded river landscape
Three heads of lions - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Three heads of lions

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