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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Male Academy Figure  Probably Polonais  Standing - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Male Academy Figure Probably Polonais Standing
An Arab Horseman at the Gallop - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
An Arab Horseman at the Gallop
Portrait of Frédéric Chopin (unfinished) 1838 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Frédéric Chopin (unfinished) 1838
Female Nude, Killed from Behind c. 1827 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Female Nude, Killed from Behind c. 1827
Liberty Leading the People - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People
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
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople (detail)... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople (detail)...
The Massacre at Chios (1) 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre at Chios (1) 1824
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (detail) 1854-61 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (detail) 1854-61
Christ on the Cross (sketch) 1845 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Cross (sketch) 1845
Liberty Leading the People (detail 1) 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (detail 1) 1830

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