The Easel

Delacroix returns spectacularly to the Louvre

Delacroix was “the most singular, contradictory, extreme artist of the 19th century. [He] invented paintings that depend on whorls of expressive colour, surface rather than structure, the pleasure of gleaming skin over anatomical precision.” Forty years after his death and inspired by his innovations, the Impressionists came charging through. Multiple images are here.