Eugène Delacroix was born in Charenton-Saint-Maurice on 26 April 1798.
He was one of the leaders of Classical painting, striving all his life to put forward a more eulogistic portrait of the greatness of humanity. The artist demonstrated undeniable artistic talent at an early age; painting became his way of conveying his thoughts, allowing him to express himself freely. Delacroix perfected his style with stints in Guérin's studio and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, as well as with numerous trips to England, Morocco and Spain. Exhibited at the official Salon in 1822, Dante and Virgil in the Underworld appealed only to some of those who saw it, but he would not give up on his artistic ideals. Inspired by politics, history and literature, he refused to be classified by his painting. A true pillar of Romanticism, admired by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas, he greatly influenced the Impressionists, as well as the use of light in painting.
Eugène Delacroix died in Paris on 13 August 1863 of hemoptysis as a result of tuberculosis.