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Delacroix: New and Expanded Edition

Barthelemy Jobert

ISBN 10: 0691182361 / ISBN 13: 9780691182360
Published by Princeton University Press
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Title: Delacroix: New and Expanded Edition

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Binding: Paperback / softback

Book Condition: New

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A newly expanded edition of the defining book on one of French Romanticism's most influential and elusive painters Eug ne Delacroix (1798-1863) was a solitary genius who produced stormy Romantic works like The Death of Sardanapalus as well as more classically inspired paintings such as Liberty Leading the People. Over the long span of his career, he responded to the literary fascination with Orientalism, the politics of French imperialism, and the popular interest in travel, painting everything from sweeping, epic tales to intimate interiors. In this beautifully illustrated book, Barth l my Jobert delves into all facets of Delacroix's life and art, providing an unforgettable portrait of perhaps the greatest and most elusive painter of the French Romantic movement. Bringing together large canvases, decorative cycles, watercolors, and engravings, Jobert explores the inner tensions and contradictions that drove the artist, re-creating the political and cultural arenas in which Delacroix thrived and enabling readers to fully appreciate the extraordinary range of his artistic production. He reveals how Delacroix successfully navigated the Salons of Paris and the halls of government, socialized with George Sand and Victor Hugo, engaged in intense philosophical discussions about art with Baudelaire, and maintained a lively repartee with the press. He vividly describes Delacroix's journey to Morocco, which unexpectedly led him to rediscover his classical roots, and shows how Delacroix profoundly influenced later painters such as C zanne and Picasso. This new and expanded edition of Jobert's acclaimed book includes a thoroughly updated introduction and conclusion, and a wealth of new information and illustrations throughout.

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"The reader has the amazing feeling of following Delacroix--almost physically--in the slightest moves he makes and, above all, in the most minute transformations of his artistic choices. . . . The author displays an impeccable erudition. Moreover . . . he offers us a new, frank portrait of Delacroix, the man behind the myth."--Le Monde des livres

"[Jobert's] book is thoughtful, well paced and generous with insights that (as Delacroix would have wished) stop just short of intimacy. Those who come new to the subject could not have a better guide."--John Russell, New York Times

"[A] unique creative intensity entirely worth revisiting with this latest Delacroix: New and Expanded Edition."--New York Journal of Books

"No cartoon or multi-level digital painting I have seen has reached this level of dramatic intensity."--Pennsylvania Literary Journal

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