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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Female Nude Reclining on a Divan 1825-26 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Female Nude Reclining on a Divan 1825-26
Apollo Slays Python - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Apollo Slays Python
Odalisque 1857 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Odalisque 1857
Michelangelo in His Studio - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Michelangelo in His Studio
Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi
Arabs Skirmishing in the Mountains 1863 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Arabs Skirmishing in the Mountains 1863
The Abduction of Rebecca 1846 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Abduction of Rebecca 1846
St Michael defeats the Devil - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
St Michael defeats the Devil
A Vase of Flowers on a Console - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A Vase of Flowers on a Console
Adam and Eva - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Adam and Eva
African Pirates Abducting a Young Woman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
African Pirates Abducting a Young Woman
A Moroccan from the Sultan's Guard - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A Moroccan from the Sultan's Guard

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