Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh on Delacroix—The Valiant One

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Eugene Delacroix, Self Portrait, c. 1840, oil on canvas, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy



You remember that it says in the book by Gigoux how it came about that Delacroix had 17 paintings rejected at the same time. This shows—at least it seems to me—that Delacroix and others from that period were faced with connoisseurs and non-connoisseurs, none of whom understood it or wanted to buy—this shows that these artists who are rightly described in the book as ‘THE VALIANT ONES’ didn’t talk about fighting a lasting battle, but CARRIED ON PAINTING.*


*Quote of Vincent Van Gogh from letter to his brother Theo, dated about 7/14/1885, referring to the French Romantic master Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863).


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