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Eugène Delacroix’ birthday
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Perfect beauty implies perfect simplicity, a quality that at first sight does not arouse the emotions which we feel before gigantic works, objects whose very disproportion constitutes an element of beauty
April 26, 1798, Charenton, Île-de-France – August 13, 1863, Paris
Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was the greatest French Romantic painter, whose use of colour was influential in the development of both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting. His inspiration came chiefly from historical or contemporary events or literature, and a visit to Morocco in 1832 provided him with further exotic subjects.
Delacroix’s debut at the Paris Salon of 1822, in which he exhibited his first masterpiece, Dante and Virgil in Hell, is one of the landmarks in the development of French 19th-century Romantic painting.
Delacroix’ use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of color 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, Walter Scott and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
In the latter part of his career, Delacroix was favoured with a string of important commissions to decorate government buildings, as a group of murals for the Salon du Roi at the Palais-Bourbon, the ceiling of the Library of the Palais-Bourbon (1838–1847), the Library of the Palais du Luxembourg (1840–1847), the ceiling of the Galerie d’Apollon at the Louvre (1850), the Salon de la Paix at the Hotel de Ville (1849–1853), and the Chapel of the Holy Angels in the Church of Saint-Sulpice (1849–1961).
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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