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Journal of Delacroix (Arts & Letters) Paperback – August 24, 1995

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'Mini-triumphs of contemporary design ... the words contained within these gem-like covers are lapidary as well.' (Times Literary Supplement)

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Arts & Letters
  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 3 edition (August 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714833592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714833590
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This journal is a surprisingly accessible account of Delacroix's life. It has been well edited and covers a time frame spanning his early years, then his later life. Within these pages he includes his observations of Paris and the French countryside in the mid-nineteenth century, the people he knew like Chopin and Georges Sand, as well as his passionate reviews of works of art that influenced him. He offers sublime meditations on the nature of creativity and ruminates over ideas he has for new works. His outpourings capture the essence of the romantic movement. As an artist, even though separated from him by over a century, I found him to be a kindred spririt.
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In order to get something worthwhile out of reading Delacroix's Journals, the reader should know something about Delacroix other than that he was a 19th century painter of the first rank. Ingres found Delacroix's work execrable and cast aspersion upon him by saying that: Delacroix was an apostle of ugliness who had come to 'end' painting as the French and the Europeans in general knew it. Today, Delacroix's work occupies a huge chunk of the Louvre's halls -- outstripping Ingre's portion. The fact that Delacroix in fact did fulfill Ingres' curse/prophecy may say something about the nature of death/life and rebirth/resurrection in art.
I read this wonderful book over ten years ago and so powerful was the impact of Delacroix's insights into the nature, perception, creational origin, and fate of art that much of it still remain with me. Delacroix in his day was not revered as he is today. He did not have people knocking down his doors to see his work, nor did he always have it easy trying to show it publicly. One day, after a bad review, to console himself, he wrote that (I paraphase) a great work of art in history is like a plank of wood held under water -- it is kept down when the powers-that-be hold it down. But that power ('political agenda' in contempo art-babble) does not last forever and must sooner or later let go of the plank whose nature is to float to the surface for all the world to see. He seem to have had the same intuition about the nature and fuction of art as the Greeks did: that art is light, that which shines of its own, and by which power that which 'sheds lights' and 'explains' what is around it rather than something that needs to be explained.
He never married but was looked after by a doting housekeeper.
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The print in this book is so small it's impossible for older people to read it. I was very disappointed because I love Delacroix
but found it too difficult to read the small print.
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In reference to ISBN 0714833592, the paper the book is printed on is so thin that printing from the obverse side shows through making it a pain to read. I returned the book. To substantiate my point, per the product description the book is 0.7 inches thick and is 570 pages. That is a very thin book for 570 pages!
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So much more than I was expecting. Delacroix is a fine writer as well as an artist, reflecting on mores, music and art styles of the mid 19th century. I couldn't put it down, finding myself scanning ahead for a series of mini-essays on how to paint scattered liberally through its many pages. I read it beginning to end, but browsing through randomly works here. A lot of insight in one volume.
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A most magnificent work, started after the death of his mother. Shows how important observation of nature, and life in general is. Toataly dedicated to his craft. A secret winding to the mid- 1800's. The searh for the "perfect" grey pigment.

A true treasure which I have purchased for my children and friends.

A true picture of what artistry should be and remain. Here was an artist who remained to be his own person. Somethin in our current century is quite absent.
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... and he jumps into "fifty shades of grey" within the first few pages of his diary -- noting that his new girlfriend's "breast is fluttering."

This is really quite a sensational little diary; it is incredible it was not lost, that it was saved.

I used to think Monet was the most important Impressionist; I wonder if it was not Delacroix.

As far as the "thin pages, tiny font," this makes the book particularly unique and a huge plus. I almost feel like I am holding a "holy book" while reading it. I have no problem reading it; the reader who mentioned that the type showed through must have been reading under a very strong light and very much uninterested in Delacroix.

Delacroix was as much a writer as a painter -- anyone interested in the Romanticism period should take take a look at this book. It also explains why Delacroix is noted for his "Arab" paintings.

Easily 5 stars.
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