Eugène Delacroix


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Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. 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.... more »

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  • Envy has blackened every page of his history.... The future, in its justice, will number him among those men whom passions and an excess of activity have condemned to unhappiness, through the gift of ...
    Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French artist. Note written after the death of Byron (1825), supplement, The Journal of Eugène Delacroix, trans. by Walt...
  • ''A taste for simplicity cannot endure for long.''
    Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French artist. The Journal of Eugène Delacroix, journal entry, 1847, trans. by Walter Pach (1937).
  • I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal. He it is who notes that individuality which is the seal of the weakness of our race. My soul has wings, but the brutal jailer i...
    Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French artist. The Journal of Eugène Delacroix, entry, June 4, 1824, trans. by Walter Pach (1937).
  • ''If one considered life as a simple loan, one would perhaps be less exacting. We possess actually nothing; everything goes through us.''
    Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French artist. Note, September 22, 1844. The Journal of Eugène Delacroix, supplement, trans. by Walter Pach (1937).
  • ''What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea—possessing them—that what has been said has still not been said enough.''
    Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French artist. The Journal of Eugène Delacroix, entry for May 15, 1824, trans. by Walter Pach (1937).
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