The exhibition by French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) on view in Barcelona is being held in conjunction with the Paris' Musée du Louvre, also featuring some significant examples of his work borrowed from London's National Gallery and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show traces the various stages in the art of Delacroix, the most famous of the French Romantic painters.
Delacroix is often regarded as a precursor to the Impressionists. His innovative approach made itself felt in the artist's painting technique and in the way he viewed form and content. Delacroix's art is defined by its romantic impetuosity, emotional exuberance and drama. Born in an affluent family, Delacroix grew up in a culturally saturated environment, spending time among influential friends of the family. The artist briefly trained at the French Academy of Fine Arts and spent some time making copies of masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Veronese and Rubens with great enthusiasm, retaining immense respect for these masters for the rest of his life.
In 1822, Delacroix first exhibited his works at the legendary Paris Salon, showing his Barque of Dante to rapturous reception; the painting brought him fame and success. A special role was played in Delacroix's art by his trips to Algeria and Morocco, inspired by Romantic literature. In all, the painter's legacy comprises some 10 000 items, including, of course, the legendary Liberty Leading the People, an ode to the French Revolution painted in 1830. Its reproduction is well-known to millions of art fans across the world.
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