EUGENE DELACROIX,Vintage Art Masterpieces,Vintage Prints for Sale Liberty Leading the People by EUGENE DELACROIX {French School}

Liberty Leading the People by EUGENE DELACROIX {French School}

LIBERTY LEADING THE PEOPLE(S)Liberty Leading the People

by EUGENE DELACROIX {French School}

 

MODERN French painting begins with Eugene Delacroix. He was born into
an age of revolt, a world of political insurrections and unparalleled discord
among the artists; the time had come to slay the academic incubus, and having
one of the finest minds of the century, he found himself, when a very young
man, the leader of the radical forces.

When the plague of the house of David
lay upon art, Delacroix came forward in a blaze of color, and was named
the champion of individual freedom in painting. He rooted out the sham
classicism which was choking French art to death, introducing action, turbu­
lence, and brilliant color.

 

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There is something of Delacroix in all his suc­
cessors; he had intellect and ideas, and a program that has been dismembered
 a hundred schools and subdivisions.

He failed in his attempts to destroy
the academy, but he stands in relation to modern painting as France once
stood in relation to the whole world, and as the commanding figure stands
in one of his most thrilling pictures: Liberty Leading the People.

Delacroix was not opposed to historical themes or classical subject matter­
he reveled in both, with catholic tastes and liberal judgments; he was opposed
to the sterility of the Salon bureaucrats who tried to paint in the classic style.
Nor did he condemn the efforts of the official artists to glorify the state-he
was a patriot himself, willing to sweat and suffer for the traditional glory of
France.

His passion for freedom, which exemplifies the most heroic elements
of French culture, was inflamed by the revolt of 1830, when the Republican
cause of France was delivered from the Bourbon dynasty.

To commemorate
the deliverance, Delacroix, his imagination gloriously excited, painted one
of his great pictures, invoking the symbol of liberty, the sacred genius of his
nation, to flaunt the tricolor and lead the veterans and the children to victory.
It is one of the few pictures in history in which a symbolical figure is success­
fully incorporated with realistic action.

Because of its political implications,
the painting received official recognition, but the academic crowd, deploring
the modern treatment, howled in derision and called it a mockery of art.

 

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