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Eugène Delacroix

Romantic painter

Romantic painter par excellence, Eugène Delacroix favors major mythological themes and ancient episodes as well as contemporary history subjects, not hesitating to take sides. His taste for movement, arabesque, asymmetrical composition as well as for dark and contrasting tones breaks with the neoclassical aesthetic. Cliffs in Dieppe contrasts with the most famous works of Delacroix. In 1834, he went to Dieppe on the recommendation of his doctors after having painted some of his greatest masterpieces, including Liberty leading the people in 1831. Far from representing the immense, fierce and sublime nature, he prefers a small navy where the cliffs are sketched in all simplicity, with the lightness of watercolor, like a sketch. Without seeking the nuances of light or subtle effects of matter that the impressionists will cherish, Delacroix renews the codes of meditative painting.