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Haig Aivazian on Eugène Delacroix

EUGÈNE DELACROIX, study for The Sultan of Morocco and His Entourage, 1845, graphite, squared in white chalk, 59.7 × 49.7 cm. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Eugène Delacroix’s dynamic brushwork and dramatic imagery has been in my visual field since childhood, with the artist popping up in school books under the guise of a historical painter. In his iconic works, he often incorporated anachronic allegorical figures, referencing antiquity to address issues of his time. This is probably why I took Delacroix to be a neoclassicist and a…

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