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Delacroix, Ferdinand Victor Eugène (1798-1863)

Romantic artist and friend of Dumas, who painted La Liberté guidant le peuple. He is mentioned in Propos d'art et de cuisine. See also Mémoires d'Horace.

    About Eugène Delacroix

Images de/Pictures of Delacroix
    Portrait d'Eugène Delacroix
    Delacroix - The famous painter was always a friend to Dumas

Art par/by Delacroix
    George Sand (sketch in top hat)
    La mariée juive (The Jewish Bride), 1832
    Hamlet et Horatio au cimetière (Hamlet and Horatio in the Cemetery), 1839
    Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement (Algerian Women in their Apartment), 1834
    Torquato Tasso dans l'asile de fous (Torquato Tasso in the Insane Asylum), 1839

De/From Reviews (ADR) by Arthur D. Rypinski:
     Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) was one the greatest of the French romantic painters of the first half of the 19th century, and a lifelong friend of Alexandre Dumas. Like Dumas, Delacroix was a outspoken republican and a participant in the July (1830) revolution, which Delacroix comemorated in his painting Liberty Leading the People. (In this painting, Delacroix added himself to the picture (on the left, wearing a top hat).
     In 1838, Delacroix traveled to North Africa, and made a series of now famous paintings. In Dumas' travel book Tangier a Tunis, he recounts "I suddenly recalled a lovely painting of a Jewess that I had seen in the study of Delacroix after his return from Morocco, and I thought what a treat it would be to my companions to have a similar model." Dumas recounts how he found the woman whom Delacroix painted, now a young matron, and persuaded her to pose for his artist-traveling companion, Louis Boulanger.
     Dumas biographer F. W. J. Hemmings indicates that Dumas owned at least two paintings by Delacroix, Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard, and Torquato Tasso in the Insane Asylum, which hung in the Chateau Monte Cristo, and which he was able to take to Belgium with him in 1851. The Hamlet painting must have been especially close to Dumas' heart, since Dumas translated and adapted Hamlet for the French stage.

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