Who was Eugène Delacroix?

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(1798-1863) 

 Considered as the artist that led the Romanatic Movement, Delacroix was born on April 26, 1798, at Charenton-Saint Maurice.

Known as a “master of color” Delacroix enjoyed a long and successful career, receiving countless commissions from the government. His violent subject matter, intense passion, and bright colors puzzled and even offended some of his critics, but earned the admiration of others.

Delacroix’s paintings changed the art world forever and his technique had a lasting impact on the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements.

Creating over 850 oil paintings and more than 2000 drawings and watercolors in his lifetime, he also illustrated several book publications, such as the works of Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Goethe. Eugène Delacroix died in 1863 and was buried at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Parents, please preview all the art on this page before sharing with your children.  There are several pieces that include nudity.  Determine appropriateness for your own family.

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 This short video gives us a look at the artist’s life.

This documentary discusses Delacroix’s masterpiece “Liberty Leading the People”, which includes some nudity and some violence.  

Parents, please determine the appropriateness of this for your students.

 Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi

Oil on canvas.

c. 1826. 

This painting was inspired by the Third Siege of Missolonghi by the Ottoman forces in 1826, during which many people of the city after the long-time siege (almost a year) decided to attempt a mass breakout to escape famime and epidemics. The attempt was resulted in a disaster, with the larger part of the Greeks slain.

This piece is kept at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, France. Click here to check out their website!

Liberty Leading the People

Oil on canvas.

c. 1830.

Without a doubt this his most influential and famous piece, Delacroix captures the entire spirit of the french revolution in one piece of artwork.

This piece is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

Sultan of Morocco

 Oil on canvas.

c. 1845.

In 1832, Delacroix traveled to Spain and North Africa, as part of a diplomatic mission to Morocco shortly after the French conquered Algeria. He went not primarily to study art, but to escape from the civilization of Paris, in hopes of seeing a more primitive culture. He eventually produced over 100 paintings and drawings of scenes from or based on the life of the people of North Africa.

This piece is kept at the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse, France. Click here to check out their website!

Scene of the Massacre at Chios

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Oil on canvas. 

c. 1824.

During the 19th century a war of independence was fought by the Greeks against the Turks.

For some reason, these events interested Delacroix enough for him to paint scenes of the violence independently, without pay of any kind.

This piece is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

Orphan Girl at the Cemetery

Oil on canvas.

c. 1823-24.

Considered one of Eugène Delacroix’s definitive masterpieces, this painting shows a girl who seems to be afraid of something unknown to the viewer.

 Read in depth about this piece here.

This piece is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Click here to check out their website!

Portrait of Frédéric Chopin

 Oil on canvas.

c. 1838.

 This is an oil painting of the composer Frédéric Chopin.

This piece is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Click here to check out their website!

In this video, an artist shows us a freehand drawing demonstration of this portrait. Pretty cool!

Apollo slaying Python

 Oil on canvas.

c. 1850-51.

  Here, Delacroix paints a scene from Greek mythology where Apollo slays the snake beast Python. Read about this piece of mythology here.

This piece is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Click here to check out their website!

Christ on the Sea of Galilee

 Oil on canvas.

c. 1854.

While Jesus is sleeping his followers try to lower the sails in the fierce storm. One of the apostles tries to wake his master. He will succeed, and Jesus will quiet the water and the wind. He then asks his pupils what they were afraid of, did they not have faith?

Between 1840 and 1854 Delacroix made a series of paintings on this subject.

He spent much time in the coastal city of Dieppe during that period; perhaps that is where he learnt how to paint waves.

This piece is kept at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland. Click here to check out their website!

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