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Delacroix (Paperback)

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Delacroix drew continously all his life. The thousands of sheets dispersed at the time of the sale held after his death bear out the importance the artist attached to this aspect of his work. Featuring over three thousand drawings owed in particular to the generosity of a great collector, Etienne Moreau-Nelaton, the Louvre collection by itself illustrates the complexity of a versatile genius whose style over the years evolved toward a more and more intense lyricism and a clear synthesis of the forms refashioned by his imagination. Whether he would call upon the inexhaustible "dictionary" nature offered him or draw from memory or sheer invention or again as was often the case respond to a literary text, Delacroix was a paradoxical draughtsman, heedful of tradition but always overstepping it. He used almost every graphic technique alternately or combined: charcoal, red chalk, pastel, graphite pencil, pen, watercolour or wash, carrying them to the height of achievement or even to their breaking point. His teeming drawings expertly and ardently interweaving lines and colours, feverish hatching and sensual curves cast a bridge between past and present.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsPainting & paintingsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsIndividual artists, art monographs Publisher: Five Continents Editions Publication Date: 01/01/1999 ISBN-13: 9788874391059  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Conservateur general of the Graphic Arts Department, Director of the Musee Delacroix since 1984, Junior Lecturer at the Ecole du Louvre. The author of a number of publications on the French and European 19th century, including: Inventaire general des dessins de Jacques-Louis David conserves au musee du Louvre, Paris, Reunion des Musees Nationaux, 1989; Eugene Delacroix, Aquarelles et Lavis, Martel, Paris, 1998; Delacroix - Le Cabinet des Dessins, Paris, Flammarion, 1998; Delacroix, Une fete pour l' il, Paris, Decouvertes Gallimard, Reunion des Musees Nationaux, 1998. Curator of the exhibition Delacroix - Le Voyage au Maroc, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, 1994; co-curator of the exhibitions Delacroix - Les dernieres annees, Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand-Palais, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1998 and Delacroix - Le trait romantique, Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France; member of the scientific committee of the exhibition De Delacroix a Renoir - L'Algerie des peintres, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, 2003.

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