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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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radeau de la meduse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
radeau de la meduse
The Banks of the River Sebou - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Banks of the River Sebou
Heliodoros Driven from the Temple (detail) 1854-61 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Heliodoros Driven from the Temple (detail) 1854-61
Female Nude Killed From Behind - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Female Nude Killed From Behind
Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret (sketch) c. 1841 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Lake of Gennezaret (sketch) c. 1841
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...
Horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Horse
The Garonne 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Garonne 1833-37
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1843 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1843
The Coast of Spain at Salabrena - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Coast of Spain at Salabrena
The Mediterranean 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Mediterranean 1833-37
Moroccan Landscape near Tangiers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Landscape near Tangiers
Justice (detail 1) 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Justice (detail 1) 1833-37
Gentleman on a Dark Brown Hunter - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Gentleman on a Dark Brown Hunter
Study For The War Coffer 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study For The War Coffer 1833-37
Daniel in the Lions' Den - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Daniel in the Lions' Den
The Porte d'Amont, Etretat - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Porte d'Amont, Etretat
The prisoner of Chillon - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The prisoner of Chillon
Crossing a stream in Morocco - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Crossing a stream in Morocco
Woman with White Stockings - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Woman with White Stockings
Tiger - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger
Portrait of Aspasie - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Aspasie
Christ on the Sea of Galilee - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Sea of Galilee
War 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
War 1833-37
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