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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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Sitting Arab in Tanger - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Sitting Arab in Tanger
Pieta - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Pieta
Columbus and His Son at La Rábida - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Columbus and His Son at La Rábida
George Sand - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
George Sand
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...
Young Arab in his Room - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Young Arab in his Room
The flight of Lot - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The flight of Lot
Tiger Hunt - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger Hunt
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) 2 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) 2
Chevalier En Armure - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Chevalier En Armure
Painting in the dome of the poetry - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Painting in the dome of the poetry
The Battle of Tailleburg (Detail of Louis IX on white... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Battle of Tailleburg (Detail of Louis IX on white...
Sketch for Peace Descends to Earth - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Sketch for Peace Descends to Earth
Mazeppa - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mazeppa
Lion et lionne dans les montagnes - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion et lionne dans les montagnes
Saint Georges - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Saint Georges
Heliodoros Driven from the Temple - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Heliodoros Driven from the Temple
The Coast of Africa Seen from the Strait of Gibraltar - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Coast of Africa Seen from the Strait of Gibraltar
Seated Turk Smoking - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Seated Turk Smoking
Studies Of Horses And Tigers - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Studies Of Horses And Tigers
Moroccan sheikh visits his trunk - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Moroccan sheikh visits his trunk
Jacob fights with a man of the sky - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jacob fights with a man of the sky
Jakob's fight with the angel - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Jakob's fight with the angel
Babylonian shank - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Babylonian shank
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