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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Lion and Alligator 1863 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion and Alligator 1863
Gentleman on a Dark Brown Hunter - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Gentleman on a Dark Brown Hunter
Christ on the Cross - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Cross
The Justice of Trajan - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Justice of Trajan
Triumph of Bacchus - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Triumph of Bacchus
The Wild Boar Hunt after a painting by Rubens 1840... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Wild Boar Hunt after a painting by Rubens 1840...
Moroccan Chieftain Receiving Tribute - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Chieftain Receiving Tribute
Madame Henri Francois Riesener - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Madame Henri Francois Riesener
Smoking Turk - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Smoking Turk
Portrait of Aspasie - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Aspasie
Mazeppa - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mazeppa
Odalisque1 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Odalisque1
Chevalier En Armure - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Chevalier En Armure
War 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
War 1833-37
Jewish Musicians of Mogador - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jewish Musicians of Mogador
Columbus and His Son at La Rábida - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Columbus and His Son at La Rábida
Reclining Odalisque - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Reclining Odalisque
Faust and Mephistopheles 1826 27 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust and Mephistopheles 1826 27
Murder of the bishop von Luettich - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Murder of the bishop von Luettich
Confrontation of knights in the countryside - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Confrontation of knights in the countryside
The Bride of Abydos - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Bride of Abydos
Head of an elderly woman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Head of an elderly woman
Moroccan horsemen in military action 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan horsemen in military action 1832
Death of the Sardanapal (detail) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Death of the Sardanapal (detail)

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