Delacroix's Influence On European Culture

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Delacroix and Goya, the Romanticists, changed the Europe What is the difference between human and animal? During the Enlightenment period in Europe, scientists had defined the difference between human and animal as human can record history, and human form political societies. During the post-modern art history era, there was lots of art historical movements were appeared and perished. They were involved with the scientific development of human sometimes, and sometimes they were related to social movements; Enlightenment, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, and many more movements appeared until now. In Mid-ages European art history, there was several revivalism of their golden history appeared. Neoclassical art worked as one of huge …show more content…
Even though he was painting about thoughts and ideas, he used personification to use human figures. His debut with ‘Dante and Vergil,’ in 1822, brought tremendous applause and “sensation” to the publics, which instantly “heralded him as a major figure of the French school” (Harrison). In 1824, Delacroix painted the ‘Massacres at Chois’ which was talking about a scene from the Greek War of Independence got him budget to travel to England (Harrison). ‘Massacres at Chois’ was about “Turkish massacres of the Greek population on the island of Chois” (Harrison). Although Delacroix didn’t know anything about Greeks or Turkish, he painted based on “newspaper reports and eye-witness accounts, supplemented by a study of costumes and accessories in the collection of his friend, the amateur painter M. Auguste” (Harrison). In his ‘Massacres at Chois,’ “the violence of the subject matter and ravishing color of this work” (Eugène). Delacroix’s another important painting ‘Death of Sardanapalus,’ painted in 1827, also brought attentions from authorities, but in different way of what ‘Massacres at Chois’ got. It’s sadness and void expressed in the emotion of the face of the last king of Assyria irritated the audiences. “It provoked more general hostility than any other painting by Delacroix … the Surintendant des Beaux-Arts, warned the artist that, unless he changed his style, he could no longer expect to receive State commissions,” but after all, Delacroix immediately “became the leader of the Romantic school”

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