Eugene Delacroix

The leader of the 19th century French Romantic movement, Eugene Delacroix’s art was largely concerned with emotion, exoticism, and the sublime. He was a painter and a muralist, using expressive brushstrokes and vivid colors, inspiring Impressionists and Symbolists alike. Delacroix illustrated scenes from contemporary history and literary works, like Shakespeare, but in dramatic fashions and compositions. Many of his works were based on direct observation of nature, as he was a prodigious draftsman with an interest in photography. His most notable work is Liberty Leading the People. At an older age, he grew more and more ill to the point where he could only ingest fruit. He left a will: mementos for all his friends, a small fortune for his housekeeper, and an order to sell all the works in his studio.

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