French Romantic Painter, 1798-1863
For 40 years Eugene Delacroix was one of the most prominent and controversial painters in France. Although the intense emotional expressiveness of his work placed the artist squarely in the midst of the general romantic outpouring of European art, he always remained an individual phenomenon and did not create a school. As a personality and as a painter, he was admired by the impressionists, postimpressionists, and symbolists who came after him.
Born on April 28, 1798, at Charenton-Saint-Maurice, the son of an important public official, Delacroix grew up in comfortable upper-middle-class circumstances in spite of the troubled times. He received a good classical education at the Lycee Imperial. He entered the studio of Pierre Narcisse Guerin in 1815, where he met Theodore Gericaul
ID: 62516 Bouquet of Flowers 1849-50 Watercolour, gouache and pastel on paper, 650 x 654 mm Mus?e du Louvre, Paris Delacroix painted flower paintings and landscapes in his later years. The symbolic import typical of Delacroix's subjects seems here to be lacking. They might be described as an early case of 'art for art's sake'. Delacroix took time off from his exhausting monumental labours to paint the flowers in the garden of his friend George Sand. Author: DELACROIX, Eug?ne Title: Bouquet of Flowers Form: graphics , 1801-1850 , French , still-life