Delacroix was a fierce individualist who rejected the neo-classical tradition of Ingres (1780–1867) and Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825) in his search for a personal style. His wild brushwork and compositional inventiveness endow his works with a tenebrous emotional intensity. He experimented with color theory and is known to have invented flochetage, an interweaving of complementary colors that influenced colorists such as Odilon Redon (1840–1916) and Henri Matisse (1869–1954). He tackled a wide range of subject-matter including religious, orientalist and literary subjects as well as portraits and still lifes.
Books on Eugène Delacroix
Dominique de Font Réaulx and Léa Bismuth, eds., Dans l’atelier, la création à l’œuvre, exh. cat. Paris, 2019.
Dominique de Font Réaulx, Une lutte moderne, de Delacroix à nos jours, exh. cat. Paris, 2018.
Ashley E. Dunn, ed., Delacroix Drawings: The Karen B. Cohen Collection, New York, 2018.
Sébastien Allard and Côme Fabre, eds., Delacroix, exh. cat. New Haven and London, 2018.
Dominique de Font Réaulx, Maurice Denis et Eugène Delacroix, de l’atelier au musée, exh. cat. Paris, 2017.
Patrick Noon and Christopher Riopelle, Delacroix and the Rise of Modernism, exh. cat. London, 2015.
Loys Delteil, Delacroix, the Graphic Work: A Catalogue Raisonné, transl. Susan E. Strauber, San Francisco, 1997.
John P. O’Neill (ed.), Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings and Prints from American Collections, exh. cat. New York, 1991.
Lee Johnson, The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix: A Critical Catalogue, 6 vols., Oxford, 1981-89.