Arab Chieftain Signaling To His Companions
Painting - Oil On Canvas
This is a reproduction of “Arab Chieftain Signaling to His Companions” of about 1851 by Eugene Delacroix. This exuberant scene described the artist’s experiences and sights at the court of Sultan Abd-er-rahmen of Morocco which Delacroix witnessed while on a diplomatic mission for Louis Philippe in 1832. He was aged about fifty-three when this was created. He had burst upon the French artistic word at the age of twenty-four with his “Barque of Dante” and became an immediate leader of the new Romantic movement. In contrast to the perfectionist Academics, Delacroix led the Romantics in the use of expressive brushstrokes being inspired by Rubens and Titan. He favored exotic scenes and emphasized color and movement rather than clarity of line. Though his subjects were full of passion and violence, he depicted them with a great clarity. He died in 1863 and influenced both the Impressionists and the Symbolists. This masterpiece is an oil on canvas and measures 22 by 18.11 inches. It is in the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.
May 28th, 2021
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