The sketches and drawings by 19th-century French painter Eugene Delacroix in this collection illustrate the versatility of an artistic genius as his style evolved into an intense synthesis of forms. Graphic techniques, including charcoal, red chalk, pastel, graphite pencil, pen, watercolor, and wash, distinguished Delacroix's attempt to honor tradition while still testing its boundaries. Inspiration drawn from nature, memory, invention, and literary texts reflects his desire to interweave past and present through lines, colors, and sensual curves.
About the Author
Arlette Sérullaz is a general curator in the graphic arts department at the Louvre, the director of the Musée Delacroix, and a lecturer at the École du Louvre. She is the author of Delacroix: The Late Work.