Saturday, September 5, 2009


Eugene Delacroix, The Barque of Dante (Dante and Virgil in Hell), 1822, Oil on canvas, Louvre

The Barque of Dante was Delacroix's entry to the 1822 Salon. It won him considerable fame and Delacroix became a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Delacroix played with color theory painting water drops with red, yellow, green, and white to create what looks like the color of water. This painting is also much influenced by Gericault's masterpiece, The Raft of the Medusa.

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