Delacroix

Delacroix

Delacroix

Delacroix

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'What is Romanticism?', asks Baudelaire; and he replies: 'modern art'. Delacroix, he says, had been proclaimed leader of the modern school by the public since the exhibition of his first work. How then is he modern? What specific quality makes him the 'true painter of the nineteenth century'? According to Baudelaire, it is the 'singular and persistent melancholy that emanates from all his works'. Remove this link, says the poet, and the whole chain of history would be broken.

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