Eugene Delacroix is a French painter and graphic artist. It is he who is considered the founder of a romantic trend in European painting. His coloristic research had a significant impact on the formation of impressionism.
Eugene Delacroix studied art at the old masters in the Louvre. He was inspired by the art of English painters, especially the works of J. Conceble. Great influence on the formation of his own style had the work of T. Gericault. In the period from 1816 to 1822 he studied in Paris with the classicist Guerin.
Delacroix was a multifaceted talent, which proved to be in a huge number of genres. Among his works are works of monumental decorative painting, landscapes, images of animals and various interiors, as well as portraits.
In 1860, the artist depicted himself on the canvas. Self-portraits are a common and, at the same time, quite an interesting genre in the visual arts. On the canvas, the master seeks through a visual image to reflect how he perceives his "I". Thanks to this, we can not only imagine what the master looked like, but also better understand his inner world.
In this early self-portrait, Delacroix masterfully reflects not only the features of his appearance, but also his character traits. In the portrait, he appears thoughtful, calm and a little tired, a slightly ironic look fixed directly on the viewer. The artist’s smile may seem arrogant at first glance, but it’s worth taking a closer look at the expression on his face, and a strong melancholy becomes apparent, as if Delacroix wants to stop posing for himself as soon as possible.
Painting by Pablo Picasso Guernica