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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Jewish Wedding in Morocco - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jewish Wedding in Morocco
The Massacre at Chios (1) (detail 2) 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre at Chios (1) (detail 2) 1824
Lion Hunt 1861 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion Hunt 1861
Lion Hunt 1854 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion Hunt 1854
Moroccan Women 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Women 1832
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail)
Shipwreck of Don Juan 1840 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Shipwreck of Don Juan 1840
Bay of Tanger in Morocco - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Bay of Tanger in Morocco
A Mad Woman 1822 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A Mad Woman 1822
A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother 1830
The Sea from the Heights of Dieppe 1852 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Sea from the Heights of Dieppe 1852
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard

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