Eugene Delacroix, Hamlet and His Mother, 1849

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Eugene Delacroix, Hamlet and His Mother, 1849, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

 

Eugene Delacroix, born on April 26th, 1798, in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, Île-de-France, France! Delacroix was regarded as the leader of the Romantic school of art, with one of his most notable works, Liberty Leading the People, being regarded as one of the more recognized and important works created around the 1840 French Revolution. Delacroix is an intriguing artist, in that he was able to portray violence and death in combination with sensuality and passion, as Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi, 1826, clearly depicts. Delacroix’s trip to Spain and North Africa in 1832 proved to be fruitful for his career, where he executed many works depicting many men and women in their traditional attire, which he viewed similar to that of Greece, a culture he had most admiration for. Of his observation he has stated “The Greeks and Romans are here at my door, in the Arabs who wrap themselves in a white blanket and look like Cato or Brutus…” A skilled lithographer, Delacroix would also illustrate, as well as depict, many works by Shakespeare and Wolfgang von Goethe. Pictured here is Eugene Delacroix, Hamlet and His Mother, 1849, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York.
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