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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
Horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Horse
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...
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...
The Garonne 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Garonne 1833-37
The Coast of Spain at Salabrena - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Coast of Spain at Salabrena
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1843 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1843
The Mediterranean 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Mediterranean 1833-37
Liberty Leading the People (Detail) 1 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (Detail) 1
Justice (detail 1) 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Justice (detail 1) 1833-37
Moroccan Landscape near Tangiers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Landscape near Tangiers
Study For The War Coffer 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study For The War Coffer 1833-37
The Porte d'Amont, Etretat - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Porte d'Amont, Etretat
Daniel in the Lions' Den - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Daniel in the Lions' Den
Moroccan sheikh visits his trunk - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan sheikh visits his trunk
Portrait of Aspasie - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Aspasie
Woman with White Stockings - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Woman with White Stockings
Tiger - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger
War 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
War 1833-37
The prisoner of Chillon - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The prisoner of Chillon
Smoking Turk - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Smoking Turk
Decoration of the west wall 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Decoration of the west wall 1833-37
Studies Of Antique Medallions - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Studies Of Antique Medallions
Murder of the bishop von Luettich - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Murder of the bishop von Luettich
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