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Delacroix was born in 1798
26 April, 2016
French painter Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798 – 1863) was the leader of the French Romantic school. He was idolized as a pioneer by artists such as Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Following Delacroix’s death in 1863, generations of artists continually turned to him to find new directions for their art.
He was the most famous and controversial French painter of the first half of the 19th century and one of the first modern masters. As a painter and muralist, Delacroix’s use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour 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, the Scottish writer Walter Scott and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
We highlight here two main exhibitions devoted to the impressive artist’s oeuvre: Eugène Delacroix, presented at La Caixa in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, and Delacroix and the Raise of Modern Art, still ongoing, at The National Gallery of Art.