Critical Analysis

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Critical Analysis


For the Gallery Review, I have decided to pick the painting by the Painter, Eugene Delacroix (1798 - 1863), by the name of Liberty Leading the People.

Eugene Delacroix was an individual who had survived close encounters with the reaper five times in his life even prior to becoming the movement leader of the French Romantic movement which as its' name suggests, took place in France. He was largely self-taught and learned to paint through the oldest form of practice, copying. He would copy the works of all the famous artists who had their artworks presented in the esteemed museum of Louvre. During the later stage of his life, he created a complete revolutionary colors use, that aided him in the expression of the interpretations of the mythology, religion, literature, political and historical scenes.


Delacroix in the year 1830 created his work of art titled, The Liberty leading the People

during the time of the French Revolution that happened in July. He was the French Romantic School head during the time of creation of this historic piece of artwork. He was in correspondence through written letters, with his brother during that time. Following is an excerpt taken from one of the letters he sent to his brother.

“….if I haven't fought for my country at least I'll paint for her."

The dimensions of the painting are approx. 8 ft 6 in x 10 ft 8. He used the oil on canvas medium for it's creation. As evident in most of the works of Delacroix, the dark background complimented by the vibrant colors are responsible for creating an exceptionally, visually stimulating effect. He exhibited an uprising by the movement of the line from the bottom, dark area of his canvas to the lighter part which is situated at the top. The contrast created ...
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