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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Count de Mornay's Apartment - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Count de Mornay's Apartment
Daniel in the Lions' Den - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Daniel in the Lions' Den
A man in armour on horseback, with studies of a horse's... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A man in armour on horseback, with studies of a horse's...
Combat of Giaour and Hassan - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Combat of Giaour and Hassan
A severed Hand and two corchs of a Leg - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A severed Hand and two corchs of a Leg
The Massacre at Chios (1) (detail) 1824 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Massacre at Chios (1) (detail) 1824
The Mediterranean 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Mediterranean 1833-37
Chevalier En Armure - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Chevalier En Armure
Christ on the Sea of Galilee - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Sea of Galilee
Study of Sky- Setting Sun c. 1849 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study of Sky- Setting Sun c. 1849
Basket of Flowers 1848 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Basket of Flowers 1848
Triumph of Bacchus - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Triumph of Bacchus
Mazeppa - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mazeppa
Crossing a stream in Morocco - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Crossing a stream in Morocco
The Abduction of Rebecca 1858 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Abduction of Rebecca 1858
Tiger - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger
The Garonne 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Garonne 1833-37
The Justice of Trajan - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Justice of Trajan
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
Faust and Mephistopheles 1826 27 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust and Mephistopheles 1826 27
Yound Woman Leaning over a Woman Stretched out on the... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Yound Woman Leaning over a Woman Stretched out on the...
Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret (sketch) c. 1841 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret (sketch) c. 1841
Cliffs near Dieppe - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cliffs near Dieppe

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