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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Bouquet of Flowers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Bouquet of Flowers
Apasia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Apasia
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1839 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1839
Louis-Auguste Schwiter 1826-27 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Louis-Auguste Schwiter 1826-27
After the Shipwreck - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
After the Shipwreck
Mlle Rose 1817-20 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mlle Rose 1817-20
Faust Trying to Seduce Margarete (detail) 1828 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust Trying to Seduce Margarete (detail) 1828
Self-Portrait as Ravenswood c. 1821 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Self-Portrait as Ravenswood c. 1821
The Women of Algiers (detail) 1834 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Women of Algiers (detail) 1834
Marocan And His Horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Marocan And His Horse
An Arab Horseman at the Gallop - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
An Arab Horseman at the Gallop
Male Academy Figure  Probably Polonais  Standing - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Male Academy Figure Probably Polonais Standing

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