March 9, 2016

Painting With The Girls 69

March 9, 2016.

Day 69 (247 days to go)


Postcard watercolor, 5X7 Matted

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) was a French painter who was highly influenced by his friend the painter Theodore Gericault, and the writers of the time, Victor Hugo and Hector Berlioz.

Nancy Frazier writes in Art History, “Delacroix wanted to thrill to move, to motivate his viewers in the new French Republic. Himself an eyewitness to the popular July 1830 uprisings in Paris that reignited the spirit of revolution, Delacroix was excited by the battle for individual freedom - individualism was an important tenet of Romanticism. Delacroix’s Liberty Leading The People (1830) became an archetype for the image of the idealistic and heroic revolution.”

Delacroix's Paganini

Delacroix didn't like the restrained work of fellow contemporary painter Dominique Ingres. Here are both painter's portrait of Paganini.

Ingre's Paganini