|Liberty Leading the People, Eugéne Delacroix, 1830|
Eugéne Delacroix was a French Romantic artist and is regarded as the leader of the Romantic movement in France. His work influenced the work of the Impressionist and Symbolist movements.
Born near Paris in 1798, Delacroix drew his inspiration from both historical and contemporary events. Today’s subject is an example, drawing it’s subject from the July Revolution. This painting is roughly from the middle of his career.
His education began with classical studies. His interest slowly changed to theater and music, then finally to art when he became a pupil of Baron Pierre-Narcisse Guérin. Early in his career he was receiving important commissions and backing from the French state, who in 1822 put him in charge of “architectural decoration”.
Delacroix painted throughout his lifetime, and on his death in 1863 left a catalog of over 6000 items, along with many works completed in his roll of head of architectural decoration. He also kept a substantial journal related to his work portions of which were finally published in 1951.