Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix, 1798 - 1863
oil on canvas self-portrait at the Louvre (ca. 1837)
Born: 26 April 1798, Saint-Maurice-en-Chalencon, France
Died: 13 August 1863, Paris, France
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- Experience has two things to teach; the first is that we must correct a great deal; the second, that we must not correct too much. permalink
- I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal. He it is who notes that individuality which is the seal of the weakness of our race. My soul has wings, but the brutal jailor is strict. permalink
- If one considered life as a simple loan, one would perhaps be less exacting. We possess actually nothing; everything goes through us. permalink
journal entry (22 September 1844)
- Man is a social animal who dislikes his fellow man. Explain this idiosyncrasy: the more intimately a man lives with another human being as foolish as himself, the more he appears to wish to harm this unfortunate individual; domestic bliss. permalink
journal entry included in The Journal of Eugène Delacroix (1951)
- Nature is a dictionary; one draws words from it. permalink
- One always has to spoil a picture a little bit, in order to finish it. permalink
- Painting is only a bridge linking the painter's mind with that of the viewer. permalink
journal entry (8 October 1822)
- The artists who seek perfection in everything are those who can attain it in nothing. permalink
- What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea - possessing them - that what has been said has still not been said enough. permalink
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