Delacroix’s work as a painter and muralist inspired many renowned artists throughout history such as Monet, one of his first great admirers, and Picasso who was very impressed after seeing his works at the Louvre. Impressionists’ work was deeply shaped by Delacroix’s use of expressive brushstrokes. Claude Monet became obsessed with the way the Romantic painter dared paint in his own way. The Barque of Dante started a scandal in French society at the time of its exhibition in 1822.
Delacroix’s Parisian life was spread throughout the city, as he used to live on the right bank but spent his final years on the other side of the Seine River in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Illness forced him to move closer to where he was working because it became difficult for him to commute every day. He spent almost a decade working on the Chapel of the Holy Angels in the church of Saint-Sulpice’s epic decorations.
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