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Delacroix

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In this free course, Delacroix, you will be introduced to a variety of Delacroix's work and will see how his paintings relate to the cultural transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism. You will study Delacroix's early career, his classical background, the development of Romantic ideas and their incorporation into his work. You will have the opportunity to study some of his most important paintings and compare them to works favouring a Neoclassical approach. You will also be able to see how his themes, subjects and style were influenced by Romantic ideas, the exotic and the Oriental. Through this you will develop an understanding of the classicRomantic balance that shows how his work was influenced by cultural change of that period and to some extent contributed to the progression from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify those aspects of Delacroix’s art that qualify it as ‘Romantic’
  • understand the interplay between classicism and Romanticism in Delacroix’s art
  • appreciate the nature of Delacroix’s fascination with the Oriental and the exotic even before he visited Morocco.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 14/04/2016

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