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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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Two Women at the Well 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Two Women at the Well 1832
Illustration for Goethe's Faust 1825-27 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Illustration for Goethe's Faust 1825-27
Mounay ben Sultan 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mounay ben Sultan 1832
Apollo Vanquishing The Python - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Apollo Vanquishing The Python
Sketch For Attila 1843-47 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Sketch For Attila 1843-47
A Turkish Man on a Grey Horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A Turkish Man on a Grey Horse
The Medea's fury - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Medea's fury
Massacre at Chios - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Massacre at Chios
The Battle of Taillebourg (draft) 1834-35 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Battle of Taillebourg (draft) 1834-35
A stallion in profile to the right, an arab crouching... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A stallion in profile to the right, an arab crouching...
Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret 1854 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret 1854
Aspasia - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Aspasia
Combat of Giaour and Hassan - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Combat of Giaour and Hassan
The Fanatics of Tangier - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Fanatics of Tangier
The Abduction of Rebecca 1858 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Abduction of Rebecca 1858
Winter -- Juno and Aeolus - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Winter -- Juno and Aeolus
Count de Mornay's Apartment - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Count de Mornay's Apartment
Moroccan sheikh visits his trunk - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan sheikh visits his trunk
Alexander und die Epen Homers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Alexander und die Epen Homers
Study of Sky- Setting Sun c. 1849 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study of Sky- Setting Sun c. 1849
Liberty Leading the People (Detail) 1 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (Detail) 1
Cliffs near Dieppe - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cliffs near Dieppe
The Battle of Tailleburg (Detail of Louis IX on white... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Battle of Tailleburg (Detail of Louis IX on white...
The Massacre at Chios (1) (detail) 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre at Chios (1) (detail) 1824
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