Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Frightened Horse

 Delacroix – Romanticism

Eugène Delacroix was a wild Romantic – and a calculating artist. He revelled in fantasy, indolence, fanaticism, savagery. He  hated vulgarity and sentimentality, never mind that these were precisely the qualities his critics saw in his paintings. He insisted that passion should always be moderated by reason.

Delacroix came out of the academic tradition. He achieved his revolution largely through color. He had a complexity and a blend of radicalism and conservatism that is almost characteristic of great 19th-century French painters.

In the small, magisterial portrait of Paganini, the play of brushstrokes and light and the swing of the violinist’s enraptured body transform paint into visual sound. Delacroix‘s 1838 portrait of George Sand, which remained in his studio until his death in 1863, rocks back and forth with the heavy, tender and delicate rhythms of a lullaby or poem.

Delacroix‘s paintings changed the art world forever and his technique had a lasting impact on the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements. His Liberty Leading the People is the great revolutionary icon.

Study of a Reclining Nude_1824

Liberty Leading the People_1830

The Women of Algiers_1834

Orphan Girl_1824

Portrait of Paganini_1832

Portrait of George Sand_1838

Self Portrait_1840

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6 respuestas a Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

  1. regi60 dijo:

    Freedom Leading the People is the most famous painting of De Lacroix. It is important both artistically and politically. Freedom is not a gift to give to the people, but a right that is won by fighting. Powerful people not renounce their privileges voluntarily; It is the people who have to remove them by force. There is no other way.

  2. regi60 dijo:

    I’m the same “Knight of the Swan”, both rexval and regi60.
    Regí

  3. Carmen dijo:

    Una muy buena selección de pinturas y retratos de Delacroix!

    • feseto dijo:

      Hola Carmen. Me alegro que te guste el post. La niña huérfana es uno de mis favoritos. Un beso para Marley y otro para ti.

      • Carmen dijo:

        Es un cuadro con mucho dramtismo y realismo diría yo. No sé bien bien la historia de este cuadro pero en su rostro se nota una cierta duda en casi todo, o un temor escondido. Marley te manda como yo mil besos y abrazos.

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