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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Christ on the Cross - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Christ on the Cross
The Banks of the River Sebou - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Banks of the River Sebou
Faust dans son cabinet - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust dans son cabinet
Moroccan Landscape near Tangiers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Landscape near Tangiers
Female Nude Killed From Behind - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Female Nude Killed From Behind
Young Arab in his Room - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Young Arab in his Room
Lion et lionne dans les montagnes - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion et lionne dans les montagnes
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...
Madame Henri Francois Riesener - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Madame Henri Francois Riesener
Horse - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Horse
A sheet of studies of the heads of cats, architectural... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A sheet of studies of the heads of cats, architectural...
Justice (detail 1) 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Justice (detail 1) 1833-37
Heliodoros Driven from the Temple (detail) 1854-61 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Heliodoros Driven from the Temple (detail) 1854-61
The Entombment Of Christ 1848 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Entombment Of Christ 1848
Tiger Hunt - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger Hunt
Study For The War Coffer 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Study For The War Coffer 1833-37
The Coast of Spain at Salabrena - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Coast of Spain at Salabrena
Moroccan Chieftain Receiving Tribute - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan Chieftain Receiving Tribute
Hamlet and Horatio in the Cemetery 1859 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Cemetery 1859
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1843 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard 1843
Smoking Turk - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Smoking Turk
Self-portrait 2 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Self-portrait 2
Portrait of Aspasie - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Aspasie
Columbus and His Son at La Rábida - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Columbus and His Son at La Rábida

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