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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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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)...
A lioness attacking a crocodile - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A lioness attacking a crocodile
Aspasia c. 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Aspasia c. 1824
Pieta (wg Delacroix), 1889r - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Pieta (wg Delacroix), 1889r
The Natchez 1823-35 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Natchez 1823-35
Aspasia I - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Aspasia I
Liberty Leading the People (detail 2) 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (detail 2) 1830
Frédéric Chopin 1838 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Frédéric Chopin 1838
Bouquet of Flowers 1849-50 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Bouquet of Flowers 1849-50
The Lion Hunt in Marocco - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Lion Hunt in Marocco
Apollo Slays Python c. 1850 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Apollo Slays Python c. 1850
Study of a Reclining Nude - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study of a Reclining Nude
Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus c. 1827 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Sketch for The Death of Sardanapalus c. 1827
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) 1827 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) 1827
Study For Jenny Le Guillou And Josephine De Forget - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study For Jenny Le Guillou And Josephine De Forget
Le Tigre Royale - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Le Tigre Royale
Tasso in the Madhouse 1839 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tasso in the Madhouse 1839
Faust with Margarete in Prison (detail) 1828 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust with Margarete in Prison (detail) 1828
Cliff at Etretat - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cliff at Etretat
Pieta 1850 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Pieta 1850
The lion and the caiman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The lion and the caiman
Jewish Bride 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jewish Bride 1832
Before lightning shrinking of horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Before lightning shrinking of horse
Michelangelo in his Studio 1849-50 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Michelangelo in his Studio 1849-50
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