Eugène Delacroix was a painter and printmaker of the French Romantic School. Delacroix produced a number of lithographs, illustrating literary works by Shakespeare and Walter Scott. In 1843, Delacroix published a notable series of lithographs, illustrating Hamlet. In addition to his lithographs, Delacroix made a number of etchings depicting animals and figurative scenes.
Un Indien en Embuscade. Etching. 1889
Lioness Clawing an Arab’s Chest. 1849. Softground etching.
His most iconic works are historical in context (Raft of the Medusa and Liberty Leading the People). He also created scenes from Algeria and Morocco, where Delacroix spent time during France’s colonization. His interest in North Africa is often described as Orientalism, as he was seeking out a “different” more “exotic” culture.
Study of a Woman. 1833. National Gallery of Art. Etching.
Panther. Etching. c. 1840
Mephistopheles Flying over Wittenberg. c.1850. etching
Delacroix is now remembered as the most influential of the Romantics. He was a prolific artist creating over nine thousand works, many of which were pastels, watercolors and lithographs. Delacroix was an inspiration to later generations of artists, especially the impressionists.