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The Journal of Eugene Delacroix (Phaidon Arts and Letters)

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Delacroix's Journal is one of the great documents in art history, a magnificent work of literature as well as vital documentary source for scholars and students. In it the artist discusses his own paintings, his life, his sorrow and hopes; the paintings and sculptures of Rubens, Michelangelo, Constable, Bonington and others: old and new literature and the music of Mozart, ...more
Paperback, 570 pages
Published August 24th 1995 by Phaidon Press (first published 1893)
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Dec 26, 2008 Thomas rated it liked it
"bitch moan whine amazing insights of the romantic tempermant more whining long-winded passages about how i'm friends with balzac and ingres is such a waif and chopin has the flu again oh no i think i just sold another painting mozart is a genius but not as genius as beethoven and i think i'd totally have sex with Rubens if he were alive today and poor people are stupid" Delacroix

actually i think this book is amazing and I'm beginning to become obsessed with the diaries of people from history
Sep 30, 2012 Andrei rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic insight into the mind of - what is to me - one of the most brilliant painters to have ever lived. "The last of the renaissance painters and the first modern", as Baudelaire calls him, discusses just about everything: from painting techniques to philosophy, music, arts, science, history, the future, social commentary - it's all in there. Delacroix was well-read, and could express his thoughts quite clearly, even though he states he was only writing for himself.

A fervent admirer of Ruben
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Aug 30, 2012 Leanne Gorzynski rated it it was amazing
One of the most inspirational and thought provoking journals I have ever read. Delacroix's journal offers insight into the mind of one of the most amazing painters to have ever lived. He is incredibly thoughtful and so self conscious. He is plagued while illuminated by his passions. Delacroix makes statements that reverberate through every aspect of life, love, and creativity. This is a fantastic read for anybody, artist or not.
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Feb 15, 2017 Lăcră Grozăvescu rated it really liked it
Esențialul în lumea asta e să lupți împotriva plictiselii și a tristeții. Lucrează deci cât poți, secretul de a nu te plictisi constă, pentru mine cel puțin, în a avea idei.
Nov 11, 2008 Meredith marked it as put-aside
Recommended to Meredith by: someone at the Louvre
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I'm actually still reading this one, but rather than read large portions of it at a time, I usually just read one journal entry at a time when I go to the studio to paint. It is definitely a must-read for artists.
Aug 04, 2007 Lucas rated it it was amazing
More artists need to be as informed, intelligent and well spoken as Delacroix was. (Richard Serra is super rad at talking about his work.)
Jul 26, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
I first read this in High School. The subjects I enjoyed most were his thoughts on Aesthetics, or Genius artists such as Mozart, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Beethoven. He also discusses Dinner parties and how he dislikes certain aspects of his social circle. Sometimes he mentions how bored he gets, and other daily annoyances. A great book, but would be dull to those who aren't artists or interested in 19th century history . It feels like listening to a friend.
Mic Parker
Jun 03, 2015 Mic Parker rated it it was amazing
I totally fell in love with Eugene Delacroix when I read this journal. He's passionate and funny and independent. His thoughts on creativity, depression and sex still seem fresh today. Plus, he knew all the best people...and took no prisoners.
Mar 25, 2016 Mejix rated it liked it
I would have preferred more anecdotes and less theorizing. It feels as if it was intended for publication, but there are some unguarded moments. A very likable voice comes through though.
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Когато късметът ти те спохожда във вид на издирвана дълго книга, която са ти продали толкова евтино, че направо са ти я подарили. Щастие :D
Amal Shoeib
Jun 14, 2015 Amal Shoeib rated it liked it
A great book in its entirety. I zeroed in the "solitary" part, that an artist should have more solitary moments to let his/her mind wander creatively.
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Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. A fine lithographer, Delacroix i ...more
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