Delacroix By Simon Lee
This concise and authoritative new study of the French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) is a comprehensive introduction to and an insightful reappraisal of the life and works of one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century. Delacroix was regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. His use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of color profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. In this book, Simon Lee considers Delacroix’s life and art within the context of his fascinating and tumultuous age in the years following the French Revolution and the rise of the British Empire, analyzing and explaining his artistic processes. All Delacroix’s major works, from
Liberty Leading the People to Orientalist works to portraits, including paintings, drawings, and prints, are illustrated generously and explored in depth.
Eugene Delacroix: Selected Letters 1813–1863
Selected Letters contains the most representative and informative selection available of the correspondence of Eugène Delacroix, the foremost visual artist of the French Romantic movement. As edited by Jean Stewart, they are divided into four sections: the first letters were written in Delacroix’s teens and early twenties, and show the essential loneliness that would dominate his life; the second, stretching to the age of 35, detail the travels that indelibly marked him, such as his visit to England (for which these letters are the only source of information) and his seminal journey to North Africa; the third group dates from his return to France in 1833, telling of his grand commissions and of his intimate friendships with George Sand and Mme. de Forget, the only woman with whom he had a lasting relationship; and last are the letters from his final years, a time of official acceptance and relations with such notable figures as Stendhal and Mérimée. Intelligently edited and fluently translated, these selected letters bring to life, in his own words, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century.
“From these letters, we can follow the various aspects of Delacroix’s life, including the details of his constant money problems and his developing relationships with the famous and not-so-famous personalities of his time… We learn a good deal from them about his philosophy of art and his quarrels with the French art establishment. ln addition, Delacroix is revealed as a profound student of human psychology. His intense reaction to a hunting experience, his thoughts at the time of his mother’s death, and his growing awareness of what it means to grow old and become bored, all read like the compelling parts of a Proustian novel.”