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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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Andromeda 1852 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Andromeda 1852
Liberty Leading the People - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People
Christ on the Cross (sketch) 1845 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Cross (sketch) 1845
Lion with a Rabbit - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion with a Rabbit
Women of Algiers in their Apartment - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Women of Algiers in their Apartment
Portrait of George Sand - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of George Sand
Horse Frightened by a Storm - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Horse Frightened by a Storm
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (detail) 1854-61 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (detail) 1854-61
The Women of Algiers (detail) 1834 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Women of Algiers (detail) 1834
Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople (detail)... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople (detail)...
Mephistopheles Over Wittenberg (From Goethe's Faust)... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mephistopheles Over Wittenberg (From Goethe's Faust)...
Liberty Leading the People (detail 1) 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (detail 1) 1830
Faust Trying to Seduce Margarete (detail) 1828 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust Trying to Seduce Margarete (detail) 1828
Self-Portrait with Cap 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Self-Portrait with Cap 1832
The Massacre of Chios (2) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre of Chios (2)
Page Of A Sketchbook - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Page Of A Sketchbook
Turkish Horseman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Turkish Horseman
Louis-Auguste Schwiter 1826-27 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Louis-Auguste Schwiter 1826-27
A lioness attacking a crocodile - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A lioness attacking a crocodile
The Massacre at Chios (1) 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre at Chios (1) 1824
Aspasia c. 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Aspasia c. 1824
Aspasia I - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Aspasia I
Attila and his Hordes Overrun Italy and the Arts (detail)... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Attila and his Hordes Overrun Italy and the Arts (detail)...
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