|Delacroix's most Influential work. Liberty Leading the people.|
"Delacroix is, with Turner, the greatest mater of romantic painting.. . . moved by a passionate desire to express their feelings though color and a deep pessimism. " Kenneth Clark. The Romantic Rebellion
|Massacre at Chios|
Delacroix was widely read, with interests ranging from 18th century works of the French Enlightenment to contemporary novels. His politics were also progressive as he advocated for the end of Bourbon rule and supported the Greeks who were fighting for their independence against the Turks. All of these topics were used in his paintings.
His health was poor and from 1844 until his death in 1863, he lived in a small house in the country, often painting flowers but also involved in the progressive art and political movements of the time, still considered a leader of the Romantic movement. He died on August 13, 1863 with his faithful housekeeper by his side.
The Romantic Rebellion. Kenneth Clark