Friday, April 4, 2014

D = Delacroix, Eugène - 2014 A to Z Blog Challenge

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

A glimpse of the ART world, in the manner of an alphabetical mini-art tour. ART focuses on my selection of the artists and the art style movements from the end of the 1800's and into the first half of the 1900's. There are exceptions, such as this one.



Eugène Delacroix, 1822, Early portrait, PD*-WC


D = Delacroix,  Eugène  
1798 - 1863

French painter Eugène Delacroix, regarded as the leader of the French Romantics, was the nemesis of Ingres**, according to sources.  Delacroix' s brushstrokes and optical effects of color had a major influence on the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the Symbolist artists. As a lithographer, he illustrated various selected works of William Shakespeare, Walter Scott, and Johann W. von Goethe.

Delacroix was inspired by the art of Rubens and the painters of the Venetian Renaissance. Drama and romantic content were his central themes. Delacroix's most influential work was Liberty Leading the People, a painting from 1830. The painting and what it depicted raised a few concerns.

** Ingres will appear as the A to Z artist on April 10th.
 

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English: Liberty Leading the People, 1830

French: La Liberté guidant le people


Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix, Louvre,  PD*-WC


In the Romantic style painting above of the July 28, 1830, French Revolution (also called the July Revolution), we see a 'constructed' scene. Liberty, the allegorical goddess-figure is shown leading the charge. Some sources say the figure in the top hat on the left of the painting is Delacroix. Artist license? Perhaps, but knowing that it might be the artist adds interest. He was evoking contemporary events of his time by using the romantic image of the spirit of Liberty.

The French government purchased the painting in 1830, but deemed its glorification of liberty too inflammatory and removed it from public view. Note: we saw this painting in 2010 in the Louvre museum in Paris, its traditional home. Since 2012, however, this painting is on exhibit at another gallery in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France.


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Are you familiar with the work of Delacroix? What do you think of paintings that commemorate historical events? Do you care if they are accurate? Does artistic license allow the artist to indicate his own feelings on the matter?

Please let me know you were here in the comments. Thanks for dropping by!

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Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on. Hope to see you again throughout the blogfest.



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Image Credits

PD*-WC July Column and Eugène Delacroix  sketch:

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Image Credit

PD*-WC  Liberty Leading the People

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22 comments:

  1. At first I was thinking I didn't know about him, but then of course the painting is instantly recognizable. I don't know if I ever knew who painted it though. Learned something today. :)

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    1. This photo may have received more coverage than others of Delacroix, after it was brought back from being hidden. Glad you recognized it.

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  2. Having seen this painting with my own eyes, and others from some artists of this ilk, I can say it's pretty darn amazing in "the flesh" as well!

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    1. I totally agree, Trisha. This type of realism is preferred by many. Seeing it 'in the flesh' as you say was a privilege. I love the Louvre.

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  3. I think historical paintings are a fascinating glimpse into the past but like anything else, we have to remember that the artist is depicting something as he or she imagines it, or perhaps as he remembered it, neither of which may be entirely accurate.

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    1. Especially so in Romantic paintings, mshatch. When there wasn't social media, paintings could tell a story or show that artist's POV.

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  4. The government will always be afraid of liberty. Once the people realize that their liberties are being infringed upon a movement will begin. This can take decades for it become large enough for the people to take action. When that happens... look out... the government is in trouble. No wonder the government didn't like the idea of people loving liberty. It never does. ha!

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    1. And in France, when they have enough, the people don't hesitate to express their opinion!

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  5. Very much so... Beautiful art! His passion is revealed with every stroke of the paintbrush!

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    1. Agreed, Michael, his passion about the subject is revealed in the way he positions the figures, and who he selects to lead the cause. It makes me feel patriotic about liberty.

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  6. I love that painting by Delacroix.
    I think art is all about the artist giving us an impression of how he or she sees the world, so I don't believe a piece of art has to be exactly historically accurate.

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    1. I agree, sometimes the interpretation is closer to the 'truth' than some would have us believe. . .as in this one, the image of Delacroix seems to say, 'I'm with Liberty, and the People'

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  7. I envy you seeing this painting "in the flesh" so to speak. :-) In my early teens, I mowed grass all summer to buy a leather-bound book on Delacroix and his paintings. It was one of the few things that survived my house fire. Always a fascinating post. And do write me emails -- I look forward to them!

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    1. I will email when The Stars Bleed at Midnight is ready, asking to review a copy. Deal? After the challenge of course.

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    1. You know how the masses are, too excitable.

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  9. I'm familiar with Delacroix, and I do appreciate the contrast of color he uses to draw the eye. I think any artist should be free to work themselves in to their art. I mean, Stephen King did it. Why not?

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    1. Why not indeed, it's his creation after all. . .

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  10. I'm not familiar with many artists, sad to say. I think children should be exposed to all of the arts at an early age. I was not. Now I play catch-up! Thanks for stopping by the UR blog today!

    River Fairchild – A to Z April Challenge
    Untethered Realms

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    1. I think many have never had that opportunity, River, I didn't get an opportunity to do that as a child either. I'm making up for it as an adult. Nice meeting you!

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  11. His face interests me. I had no idea what he looked like and that's some face. Now I want to take a closer look at his paintings.

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    1. I thought it an interesting face, too, Inger. Check out the links to see actual photographs.

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