Delacroix, Eugène (17991863)

Delacroix, Eugène, a French painter, born at Charenton, dep. of Seine; one of the greatest French painters of the 19th century; was the head of the French Romantic school, a brilliant colourist and a daring innovator; his very first success, “Dante crossing Acheron in Charon's Boat,” forms an epoch in the history of contemporary art; besides his pictures, which were numerous, he executed decorations and produced lithographic illustrations of “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and Goethe's “Faust” (17991863).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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