A Visual Lecture by Nick Nelson of Arcadia Education at Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew, Chipping Norton, Glos. OX7 4JS
Lecture Poster: Eugène Delacroix
The innovative French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) launched the Romantic rebellion in the arts in the nineteenth-century by challenging the staid traditions of the annual Parisian Salon and the Académie des Beaux-Arts style. He received official cautions from the State for his daring combination of vigorous brushwork, bold colour and violent subject matter, yet behind the Byronic bravura was an innate conformist struggling to get out. This illustrated talk charts the work of an enigmatic genius, hailed as the last of the Romantics and the first of the Moderns – an artist who was idolised posthumously by the new avant-garde, the Impressionists.