The Chairfather: Père Lachaise part III
You'll see our next host six tombs down on your left
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Eugène Delacroix is regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school of painting. His expressive brushstrokes and study of the optical effects of color profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists. His passion for exotic subjects in North Africa inspired the Symbolist movement.
Beloved and successful in his lifetime, Delacroix is most known for historical paintings. Vast action scenes of bloody battles. These canvasses take up entire walls, more than three meters wide at times.
He painted 'Liberty Guiding the People' otherwise known as the bare-breasted 'Marianne' symbolizing the burgeoning republic. Ironically, it was bought by king Louis-Philippe. Maybe by using some of those old 100-franc notes featuring the painting and a portrait of Delacroix. 'Liberty' is today one of the showcase works on display in the Louvre, along with many more of his paintings.
The workshop where he toiled and died is now the Eugène Delacroix museum at six rue de Furstemberg in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. His sarcophagus is hone in black volvic rock from the Auvergne region, and carved in the Roman style.
With his tomb on your left, continue on the little path called Avenue Eugene Delacroix.