Vive la France!

I love the XVIII – XIX centuries. I love reading books from that time. I love their great passions, their turmoil, I love the women and the men. It’s only natural to love art from that time.

I have recently stumbled upon a painting by Eugene Delacroix, a French Romantic artist, while reading about the French Revolution.  He was born a year before the end of the French Revolution, that in 1789.

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix’s use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. A fine lithographer, Delacroix illustrated various works of William Shakespeare, the Scottish writer Walter Scott and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Liberty Leading the People 28th-July-1830

Crouching woman

Michelangelo in his Studio

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