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 et lionne dans les montagnes - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Lion et lionne dans les montagnes
Death of the Sardanapal (detail) - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Death of the Sardanapal (detail)
The Entombment Of Christ 1848 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Entombment Of Christ 1848
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...
Head of an elderly woman - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Head of an elderly woman
Self-portrait 2 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Self-portrait 2
Decoration of the west wall 1833-37 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Decoration of the west wall 1833-37
Tiger Hunt - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Tiger Hunt
Fan with Caricatures 1838 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Fan with Caricatures 1838
A man in armour on horseback, with studies of a horse's... - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A man in armour on horseback, with studies of a horse's...
Studies Of Antique Medallions - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Studies Of Antique Medallions
Interior of a Chapel - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Interior of a Chapel
The Lara's death - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Lara's death
Sketch for Peace Descends to Earth - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Sketch for Peace Descends to Earth
Sitting Arab in Tanger - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Sitting Arab in Tanger
The Death of Ophelia1 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Ophelia1
Crucifixion 1846 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Crucifixion 1846
Portrait of Alfred Bruyas - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Portrait of Alfred Bruyas
A severed Hand and two corchs of a Leg - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
A severed Hand and two corchs of a Leg
George Sand - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
George Sand
The flight of Lot - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The flight of Lot
Mehmet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Mehmet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) 2 - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
The Death of Sardanapalus (detail) 2
Faust dans son cabinet - Eugene Delacroix - www.eugenedelacroix.org
Faust dans son cabinet

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