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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Mural for Saint-Sulpice in Paris, Chapel of the Holy... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mural for Saint-Sulpice in Paris, Chapel of the Holy...
The Natchez 1823-35 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Natchez 1823-35
Liberty Leading the People (detail 2) 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (detail 2) 1830
The Fanatics of Tangier - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Fanatics of Tangier
Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha
Pieta (wg Delacroix), 1889r - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Pieta (wg Delacroix), 1889r
Attila and his Hordes Overrun Italy and the Arts (detail)... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Attila and his Hordes Overrun Italy and the Arts (detail)...
The Medea's fury - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Medea's fury
Bouquet of Flowers 1849-50 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Bouquet of Flowers 1849-50
Liberty Leading the People (Detail) 1 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Liberty Leading the People (Detail) 1
Cliff at Etretat - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Cliff at Etretat
Self-Portrait with Cap 1832 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Self-Portrait with Cap 1832

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