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Delacroix by Lee Johnson

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By Lee Johnson

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – thirteen August 1863) was once a French Romantic artist appeared from the outset of his occupation because the chief of the French Romantic institution. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his learn of the optical results of color profoundly formed the paintings of the Impressionists, whereas his ardour for the unique encouraged the artists of the Symbolist stream. an excellent lithographer, Delacroix illustrated a number of works of William Shakespeare, the Scottish author Walter Scott and the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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The legend of Paganini's league with the Devil seems to have become especially widespread after a member of an audience at Vienna had in 1828 distinctly seen the Devil at his elbow, directing his arm and guiding his bow. He was dressed in red, had horns on his head, and carried his tail between his legs. His resemblance to the violinist was proof of Paganini's infernal origin. The myth was no doubt still current during the French tour, since in writing to the made — — ' ' 49 Revue Musicale in 1831 to repudiate rumours that he had gone to gaol in his youth for murdering his mistress, Paganini took the opportunity pubHcly to disown all diabolical associations.

TSSMt Plate 26 - Femmes d'Alger, detail. 45 Plate Plate 27 46 - Portrait of Pagaxixi. 1831 ? 28 - Portrait of Chopin, 1S3; 29 ry, - Allegory of LxFiDELrrv, London, 6 Oct. 1837. after an engraving of the painting by \'eronese in the National 47 Plate 30 48 - Barque de Don Juan, 1840, Salon i^^-ii. to understand, that is, that unless he changed his manner he could expect no further support from the Government. He may well have seen his own difficult career as an artist as the equivalent of the enforced atonement of Maturin's hero for his mother's dishonour.

With Ingres it is the purity of line and form more than the character of the sitter that is the higher spirit the spirit of the beau forms ideal. Delacroix's are usually less polished, but for that very reason he suggests more of the inner nature of his sitters. The Paganini is the only portrait that Delacroix painted of a living celebrity who was not an intimate friend. The Portrait of Chopin, on the other hand, is of the only great man among his contemporaries to whom he was truly devoted (PI.

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