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Eugène Delacroix

Paris 1798 - 1863
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0 – 3,000,000 USD +
To a twenty-first century audience, Eugène Delacroix embodies French Romanticism, but beyond that, he epitomises a seismic shift from the grand European tradition to modern painting.

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.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

5,500,000 $
7,762,290 $
9,875,000 $


The sales are: Christie’s New York – 14 Nov 1989 lot 31, Piasa – 19 Jun 1998 lot 28 (46,500,000 FF), and Christie’s New York – 8 May 2018 lot 3.
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Notable exhibitions

Paris, Musée du LouvreEugène Delacroix, 29 March – 23 July 2018; travelled to New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 17 September 2018 – 6 January 2019. Curated by Sébastien Allard and Côme Fabre.

Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, Delacroix in Morocco, 27 September 1994 – 15 January 1995. Curated by Maurice Sérullaz and Maurice Arama.

Bern, Kunstmuseum Bern, Eugène Delacroix, 16 November 1963 – 19 January 1964. Curated by Felix Baumann and Hugo Wagner.

Paris, Musée du Louvre, Centenaire d’Eugène Delacroix, 1798–1863, May – September 1963. Curated by Maurice Sérullaz.


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.

Charles Baudelaire, Eugène Delacroixhis life and work. Trans. by J.M. Bernstein. New York and Lear, 1947.

Paul Signac, D’Eugène Delacroix au néo-impressionisme, Paris and Floury, 1939.

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