Delacroix's Flowers

Delacroix's Flowers
Delacroix's Flowers

It is true that still lifes are not a preferred theme among the painters of Romanticism, but it is curious that the most paradigmatic painter of this artistic style,Eugene Delacroix, will paint several works of this theme, including this painting of Las Flores, made in 1833 and which is currently preserved in theThe Hermitage Museum in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.


Delacroix Flowers

In fact, the first still life that Delacroix had made dates back several years before, with a peculiar still life in which he mixes hunting and fishing products. But it would be a few years later when he became fond of painting pictures solely featuring flowers, which today are scattered around museums around the world.

And in many of them, Delacroix is able to paint bouquets of flowers, sometimes identified as peonies or dahlias, and others mixing different species, but always with a very distinctive characteristic. peculiar, and that is that it eliminates the dense vegetal foliage that was usual, in such a way that each flower is individualized, and especially its stems, which provides another compositional rhythm, with a more vertical and stylized sensation.

It seems that this way of painting floral still lifes was extremely successful at the time, and for a few years, the artist repeated the formula on several occasions. And the result of this would becreation of this large bouquet of flowers, which occupies a canvas of considerable dimensions, almost 70 centimeters high by 92 wide, which means that the commission was very well paid, since it is a surface that involved a long work.

Although it must be said that the painting as it looks today has been slightly altered. Its original format changed when the canvas was disassembled and transferred to a new frame. A job that was done in a somewhat sloppy way, so the edges were stretched excessively and there were areas of paint that jumped and disappeared. And you can still see how a putty-based restoration and subsequent repainting was applied.

Regardless of that, this work shows us the great mastery of Delacroix's genius, capable of painting all kinds of pictures and always with enormous quality. From iconic scenes such as Liberty Leading the People to watercolors inspired by his travels, from orientalist scenes such as the Death of Sardanápalo to portraits such as the one he made of himself in 1838. And as if that were not enough, he was also able to paint very personal still lifes that came to inspire later artists, as Paul Cézanne. himself confessed

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