Talk:Eugène Delacroix

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Liberty Leading the People[edit]

Mention should be made that Delacroix painted himself into the picture wearing an opera hat. There is also speculation that Liberty may have served as inspiration for the Statue of Liberty (not the costume, but the raised arm). Rklawton 04:05, 2 May 2006 (UTC)

This article is awkward and poorly written.


In the last several days I've added to the lead, added sections on murals and later life and legacy, and made numerous copy edits, both substantive and minor, relying primarily on the 'Journal' edited by Hubert Wellington. Mainly, it needed content about work other than the three paintings already prominently covered. Though I hate to lean so heavily on one source, I do so when I believe it is not only credible scholarship, but also consistent with the consensus of sources on the subject. Such is the case here. There is, of course, ample room for more material, citing other sources. JNW 00:09, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

So I've added content from Jobert's 1997 biography. JNW 03:56, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Westminster Castle[edit]

I think this must be wrong. The college in Colarado that the link leads to was founded in the 1890s, decades after Delacroix's death. More likely his sketch references were from the medieval Westmnister Hall in London. After finding a picture of the painting in qustion, I'm now certain of it.Jefullerton (talk) 00:55, 13 April 2008 (UTC)jefullerton

His works are often reproduced[edit]

Delacroix painted several famous works that have been reproduced or referenced on countless book covers, posters, album covers, etc. The following seems trivial when included here:

In 2008, the British musical group Coldplay used Liberty Leading the People as the cover art for their album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

No matter where it is placed in this article, it seems bathetic. While it is rather important that the Delacroix-Coldplay connection be noted in Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends—and it is noted there—there is less need for it in Coldplay (where it isn't). The information is also recorded in Liberty Leading the People, where it may be defensible, and where it is easily found by readers who follow the link from this article. But it seems out of place in Delacroix's bio. Ewulp (talk) 02:52, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

That's fine- remove it. If enough of the cruft builds up, it can always be put into it's own article... like William Blake in popular culture. Lithoderm 02:54, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Removed, per Ewulp's rationale. The Coldplay ref gets added every month or so. JNW (talk) 02:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
Oops-looks like Lithoderm hit the delete button just before I did. Thanks. JNW (talk) 02:58, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
And thanks to both--I'd deleted it several times this year & thought it was time to challenge the inclusionist(s) to either justify this thing or give it up. Ewulp (talk) 03:23, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
Ah, They must be buying Coldplay for Xmas, because the links keep coming, this time to the "See also" section. I've reverted them again, since it seems too tenuous or trivial a link there, too. 'See also' would apply to articles that have more than a superficial relationship. As Ewulp indicated, the use of Delacroix's images might be apt in the group's articles, but not so much vice-versa. JNW (talk) 01:49, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

Man w/ Top Hat - Contradiction[edit]

This article contradicts the main article about the painting Liberty Guiding the People. This article states that the man with the top hat is a self-portrait of Delacroix, while that article states that historians have discredited that notion. Both claims are sourced. Please resolve. Cpryby (talk) 04:24, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Claim removed. JNW (talk) 05:41, 25 January 2010 (UTC)


Ok, how to say his last name properly, I guess it should be something like Deh-la-croo-ah. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:15, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

De-la-cwah (well, that's English for you). PiCo (talk) 11:16, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

grammar mistake[edit]

Under Chios and Messolonghi the author says "having being crushed by rubble"—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 11:23, May 15, 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip; it's fixed. Ewulp (talk) 01:42, 16 May 2011 (UTC)