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Eugène Delacroix

French, 1798–1863

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Eugène Delacroix

French, 1798–1863

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Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix was once described by the French poet Charles Baudelaire as “a volcanic crater artistically concealed beneath bouquets of flowers.” While drawing on Classical history and mythology—a favorite theme of Neoclassical artists—Delacroix was praised for his work’s spontaneity and power, vivid color, and pathos of movement. In Death of Sardanapalus (1827), figures and animals seem to writhe across the picture plane. Like Ingres, Delacroix was fascinated by the Orient, which includes present-day Turkey, Greece, and North Africa, visiting Morocco in 1832. Yet, instead of highlighting the seductive quality of his exotic subjects, Delacroix took an avid interest in the violence and cruelty in Oriental subjects. His lush palette and passionate brushwork would later greatly influence the development of both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

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Biography

Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix was once described by the French poet Charles Baudelaire as “a volcanic crater artistically concealed beneath bouquets of flowers.” While drawing on Classical history and mythology—a favorite theme of Neoclassical artists—Delacroix was praised for his work’s spontaneity and power, vivid color, and pathos of movement. In Death of Sardanapalus (1827), figures and animals seem to writhe across the picture plane. Like Ingres, Delacroix was fascinated by the Orient, which includes present-day Turkey, Greece, and North Africa, visiting Morocco in 1832. Yet, instead of highlighting the seductive quality of his exotic subjects, Delacroix took an avid interest in the violence and cruelty in Oriental subjects. His lush palette and passionate brushwork would later greatly influence the development of both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The New Yorker, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Eugène Delacroix
Articles Featuring Eugène Delacroix
The Many Faces of Ecstasy in Art
Jul 18th, 2019
The Many Faces of Ecstasy in Art
Understanding Eugène Delacroix through 5 of His Most Provocative Artworks
Sep 10th, 2018
Understanding Eugène Delacroix through 5 of His Most Provocative Artworks
The Delacroix Masterpiece That Unites Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Jose Dávila
Oct 17th, 2016
The Delacroix Masterpiece That Unites Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Jose Dávila
How France’s Violent Revolutions Impacted Some of Its Most Important Artists
Jul 13th, 2016
How France’s Violent Revolutions Impacted Some of Its Most Important Artists
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