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The Shipwreck of Don Juan
Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Shipwreck of Don Juan c.1840

Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)

Paintings Collection

(Born Charenton-St-Maurice, nr. Paris, 26 April 1798; died Paris, 13 August 1863). French painter, draughtsman and lithographer. He was one of the towering figures of the Romantic movement and one of the last major artists to devote a large part of his career to mural painting in the heroic tradition. Lorenz Eitner (An Outline of 19th Century European Painting, 1987) describes him as ‘the last great European painter to use the repertory of humanistic art with conviction and originality.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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