Friday, February 24, 2012

Eugène Delacroix

If I ever asked you to pick your favorite artist, could you? There are so many talented artists out there that it might be impossible to just pick one. I however have one painter who is above all the others in my mind (and my heart): Eugène Delacroix. Leader of the French Romantic movement (although he never considered himself Romantic), Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix, student of Théodore Géricault (who painted "The Raft of the Medusa"), lived during the 19th century. His use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour influenced the work of the Impressionists and his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. In the words of Baudelaire, "Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible."

His most famous paintings are "Massacre at Chios", "The Barque of Dante" and my personal favorites "Death of Sardanapalus" and "Liberty Leading the People".

Massacre at Chios
The Barque of Dante
Death of Sardanapalus
Liberty Leading the People

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